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James Thurber

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James Thurber

1894 - 1961

An internationally famed writer, artist and cartoonist, James Thurber gave laughter to a world so often burdened with crisis and tragedy.

Born in Columbus in 1894, Thurber’s writings included many stories about his native city and the college he attended, Ohio State University.

Thurber wrote for the Columbus Dispatch and New Yorker magazine, among other publications.

E.B. White described Thurber best he said, “His thoughts have always been a tangle of baseball scores, Civil War Tactical problems, Henry James, personal maladjustment, terrier puppies, literary rip tides, ancient myths and modern apprehensions. Through this jungle stalk the unpredictable ghosts of his relations in Columbus, Ohio.”