My Life and Hard Times

My Life and Hard Times

by James Thurber


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 “Thurber is...a landmark in American humor...he is the funniest artist who ever lived.” — New Republic

Widely hailed as one of the finest humorist of the twentieth century, James Thurber looks back at his own life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit that defined his famous sketches and writings. In My Life and Hard times, first published in 1933, he recounts the delightful chaos and frustrations of family, boyhood, youth, odd dogs, recalcitrant machinery, and the foibles of human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060933081
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/1999
Series: Perennial Classics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 135,307
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)

About the Author

James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1894. Famous for his humorous writings and illustrations, he was a staff member of The New Yorker for more than thirty years. He died in 1961.

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My Life and Hard Times 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Thurber, part biography, part bedtime story. Includes some of the best known classics, such as the Night the Bed Fell, and the NIght the Ghost Got In. As always, Thurber's dry wit and droll pictures tickle the funny bone and lighten the heart. Even though Thurber writes about a time seemingly long past, the people aren't really that different from ones we know, and it's easy to visualize the parade of kooky characters that animate his prose. This short collection is an easy read, and very rewarding.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short little gem of an autobiography. His stories of childhood misadventures and the capacity of his family to turn even minor mishaps into 5-alarm disasters makes me laugh out loud.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The autobiography that Thurber gives is amazing. It is a unique collection of wonderfully funny stories that is a must-read for anyone who loves a good laugh. I would recommend this book to anyone, because it is an easy and very fulfilling read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Master Humorist: James Thurber. This is one of those books you can read while sitting completely alone, or in the company of others (such as on the subway), and either way, you'll laugh right out loud -- which in the latter circumstance will conveniently provide you with greatly expanded 'personal space' as your fellow passengers take you for a complete lunatic. This book also makes very good reading aloud to others, as Thurber always does.