A New Collection Of Pieces About People
|Publisher||Simon And Schuster|
Simon and Schuster , 1952. FIRST EDITION, thus. Good condition, wear and fading on gray over yellow covers, spotting to endpapers, former owner doodles in margin of page 205. "When James Thurber sent in the manuscript . . . it was accompanied by a letter. In it he said: 'I started work on The Thurber Album four years ago as a kind of summer exercise in personal memory, but before long I began writing letters to people, or calling them up, to verify a name or a date, and in the end I had research material weighing as much as a young St. Bernard. The book deals with my family, friends, teachers and colleagues in Columbus , Ohio , the lovely and colorful people of whom I am especially fond.' These are, as might be expected, wonderful people . . . each one of them to be in some way unique and even extravagant . . . nostalgia about the good old days in the Middle West, the days of carriages and tranquility -- nostalgia about a typical American city as a superb artist knew it and as it was known by his parents and ancestors. All the stories appeared originally in The New Yorker with the exception of 'Conversation Piece,' which had not been printed before. Most of the pieces were changed, a little or a lot. Together, they add up to a wise, humorous and beautiful profile of the American Middle West in the past 150 years." 346 pages.