History Creator / JamesThurber

22nd Mar '16 12:46:04 AM PaulA
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* "Literature/MacbethMurderMystery"
13th Mar '16 10:15:33 PM PaulA
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* AffectionateParody: ''Fables for Our Times'' parodies Aesop's Fables-type moral stories; "The Scotty Who Knew Too Much" parodies the HardboiledDetective story

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''Fables for Our Times'' parodies Aesop's Fables-type moral stories; stories.
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"The Scotty Who Knew Too Much" parodies the HardboiledDetective story story.



* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: In one story, a character bids another "Bad bye!"



* FinishingEachOthersSentences: "The Curb in the Sky," where the trope has harrowing consequences.



* HenpeckedHusband: Lots of them.

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* HenpeckedHusband: Lots of them. One example is the title character in "Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife", who attempts to murder his wife so that he can run off with his secretary. He's so spineless that she stops him just by complaining... and then she starts listing his mistakes and insisting he do it ''properly''.



* LittleRedFightingHood: In "The Little Girl and the Wolf", a retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood", the little girl kills the wolf with a handgun she happens to be carrying in her basket.



* TheOwlKnowingOne: Subverted in "The Owl Who Was God", in ''Fables For Our Time'', where the Owl is just a SeeminglyProfoundFool.



* PlatoIsAMoron: "Something to Say" is built around Eliot Vereker, a supposedly great author whose reputation is based entirely on disparaging really great authors, e.g., "Santayana has weight: he's a ton of feathers. Proust was sick. If Voltaire did not exist, it would not be necessary to invent him, etc., etc."



* SdrawkcabName: The villain of ''The White Deer'' is named [[KingArthur Nagrom Yaf]].
* TarAndFeathers ("What Happened To Charles," one of the ''Fables For Our Time'')

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* SdrawkcabName: The villain of ''The White Deer'' is named [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Nagrom Yaf]].
* TarAndFeathers ("What SeeminglyProfoundFool: ''Fables for our Time'' has "The Owl Who Was God", where a bunch of forest animals make an owl their leader when this trope makes them think he's TheOwlKnowingOne, with the result that most of them (including the owl) get killed by being run over by a truck.
* ShoehornedFirstLetter: "The State of Bontana" in which characters, challenged to think of a state beginning with B (there isn't one), guess "Bontana", "Butah", and "Bassachusetts", among others. The payoff is when the next challenge is to name a bird, and one of them says "Beagle!"
* SommelierSpeak: A well-known Thurber cartoon has a man telling his dinner party guests, "It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption."
* SpoofAesop: Common in ''Fables For Our Time''.
* TarAndFeathers: "What
Happened To Charles," Charles", one of the ''Fables For Our Time'')Time'', ends with a duck named Eva being tarred and ''un''feathered as a result of her habit of spreading sensational and inaccurate gossip.



* YoungestChildWins: ''The White Deer''

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* WorldWarWhatever: "The Last Flower" begins with World War XII.
* WorthlessTreasureTwist: In ''The Wonderful O'', the island's treasure turns out to be the word "freedom". At least in this case the islanders did their best to make it clear from the outset that there were no real jewels.
* YoungestChildWins: ''The White Deer''Deer'' features three brothers, of which the older two are brawny insensitive types, and the youngest a gentle romantic. The book surprisingly gives all three a fair amount of attention but still makes it clear the youngest is meant to be the most admirable.
13th Mar '16 9:00:12 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/{{The Secret Life of Walter Mitty|1947}}'' (1947)
* ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty'' (2013)
13th Mar '16 8:36:51 PM PaulA
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James Grover Thurber (18941961) was an American humor writer and cartoonist. Among his well-known works are the short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and the children's fantasy novels ''Literature/The13Clocks'' and ''The Wonderful O''.

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James Grover Thurber (18941961) was an American humor writer and cartoonist. Among his well-known works are the short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" "Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty" and the children's fantasy novels ''Literature/The13Clocks'' and ''The Wonderful O''.




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* "Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty"



* HenpeckedHusband: Lots of them, but Walter Mitty is almost certainly the best-known.
* HeroicAmbidexterity: Invoked in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty": In one of Mitty's daydreams about being a grandiose and heroic person, he finds himself as the defendant in a murder trial. His defender argues that Mitty could not have shot the victim because his right arm was injured. Mitty cuts him short by boasting that he "could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with [his] ''left'' hand."

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* HenpeckedHusband: Lots of them, but Walter Mitty is almost certainly the best-known.
* HeroicAmbidexterity: Invoked in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty": In one of Mitty's daydreams about being a grandiose and heroic person, he finds himself as the defendant in a murder trial. His defender argues that Mitty could not have shot the victim because his right arm was injured. Mitty cuts him short by boasting that he "could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with [his] ''left'' hand."
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* InNameOnly: The 1947 film of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty". It bore little resemblance to the story, and Thurber ''hated'' it. The 2013 film version will also use a different storyline.
* MadDreamer: Walter Mitty.



* MentalStory: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".
* MrImagination: Walter Mitty, again.



* PowerFantasy: Walter Mitty.
13th Mar '16 7:48:17 PM PaulA
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* ''MyWorldAndWelcomeToIt''

!!Trope pages with page quotes or page images by James Thurber include:

* OffWithHisHead
13th Mar '16 9:04:26 AM LordGro
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* HeroicAmbidexterity: Invoked in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty": In one of Mitty's daydreams about being a grandiose and heroic person, he finds himself as the defendant in a murder trial. His defender argues that Mitty could not have shot the victim because his right arm was injured. Mitty cuts him short by boasting that he "could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with [his] ''left'' hand."
22nd Dec '13 5:28:14 PM PaulA
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* CassandraTruth:
** In "The Unicorn in the Garden", a HenpeckedHusband finds a unicorn in the garden, but his wife doesn't believe him, telling him firmly that there's no such thing as unicorns, and calls for him to be taken away to a mental asylum. The tables are turned when the officials from the asylum arrive; when she tells them her husband saw a unicorn in the garden, he meekly says that there's no such thing as unicorns, leaving her looking like the unbalanced one.
** "The Catbird Seat" is about a man who plots to get rid of an incredibly obnoxious woman who works at his office; she's driven away most of his colleagues and is about to talk his superior into cutting out the man's department. The man, a clean-living, sober type who wouldn't hurt a fly, visits her apartment one night, at which point he drinks whiskey, smokes a cigar and discusses his plan to kill his boss using very harsh language. The next day, the woman tries to warn their boss of the man's plan... and is fired when the boss thinks she's having a breakdown.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In the short story "Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife", Mr. Preble is planning to murder his wife so he can run off with his secretary. She is suspicious when he asks her to go down to the cellar with him, and he blurts out the truth almost immediately -- and ends up in an argument about the selfish and inconsiderate way he's chosen to go about it (she's in the middle of a book and doesn't feel like going down to the cellar to be murdered just now; it's cold down there, and he's picked out a lousy murder weapon and makes her wait while he goes to find another one... and so on).



* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: What the Big Bad in ''TheWonderfulO'' threatens Littlejohn's parrot with: "I'll squck its thrug till all it can whubble is geep!"

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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: What the Big Bad in ''TheWonderfulO'' ''The Wonderful O'' threatens Littlejohn's parrot with: "I'll squck its thrug till all it can whubble is geep!"


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* PutMeInCoach: The short story "You Could Look It Up" features a baseball team in a slump putting a midget in as a pinch hitter to walk in the tying run. After verifying that yes, his contract is valid and no, there AintNoRule that says he can't play, he's allowed to bat... and promptly hits the ball and is thrown out at first, losing the game. In a DoubleSubversion, however, the incident is so ridiculous that it snaps the team out of their slump and they go on to win the pennant.


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* SdrawkcabName: The villain of ''The White Deer'' is named [[KingArthur Nagrom Yaf]].
22nd Dec '13 5:10:08 PM PaulA
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[{{Tearjerker}} his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.

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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] stories to [[{{Tearjerker}} his terminally ill father]], father, who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
21st Dec '13 12:05:17 PM JIKTV
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=Tearjerker=] his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.

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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=Tearjerker=] [[{{Tearjerker}} his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
21st Dec '13 12:05:03 PM JIKTV
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=TearJerker=] his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.

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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=TearJerker=] [[[=Tearjerker=] his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
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