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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

James Thurber was an American author, journalist and cartoonist widely recognized for his wit and satirical humor.

A cartoon by James Thurber

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What are daydreams? Are they important? Do they have a function at all or are they just a waste of time?

James Thurber's (1894 - 1961) sense of humor was evident in all his work. His cartoons were notable for their simple lines. Walter Mitty was one of his favorite characters, appearing for the first time in a story published in New York magazine in 1939.

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All right, have it your way - you heard a seal bark! (Thurber Cartoon glsims99)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By James Thurber. Dramatised by Diana Reed.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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