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By James Thurber

Thurber is one other a type of nearly-forgotten geniuses of yankee humor established on the New Yorker. worthy reading.


Another selection of Thurberiana, distinct in that it features a peppering of the author's favorites, additionally an creation to his
"serious comedy." one of the 32 tales lurk joyosities comparable to "The girl of Orlon," "The Psychosemanticist Will See you currently,
Mr. Thurber," "Get Thee to a Monastery" and "The Moribundant lifestyles, or get older besides Whom?"

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He died on the thirtieth of July, 1 936. There may have been some, reading of his end, who found ironic significance in the fact that Charles Becker also died on the thirtieth of July, twenty-one years before. Jack Rose did not withdraw from the view of men after the files of the Rosenthal-Becker case were closed. He pre­ ferred to be called simply Jack, and discouraged the use of the nicknames that had made him notorious, but he did not sulk in the shadows of life or a ttempt to disguise himself.

A bientot. 19 The Psychosemanticist Will See You Now, Mr. Thurber I BELIEVE THERE ARE N O SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATORS THAT ACTU· ally call themselves psychosemanticists, but it is surely time for these highly specialized therapeuticians to set up of­ fices. They must not be carelessly confused with psychoso­ maticists, who study the effects of mental weather upon the ramparts of the body. The psychosemanticists will special­ ize in the havoc wrought by verbal artillery upon the for­ tress of reason.

I did get in a word at this point. " Dr. Bach held up his hand again. " Kean is only a fading memory now," he said, "like Lemaitre and the last of the gyeat male actors, John Barrymore. You will think I have not heard of Brasseur, the violently energetic French actor who recently revived the male in the Continental theatre, but I remind you tha t he was playing Edmund Kea n in the new version of Alexandre Dumas's melodrama about that gyeat Englishman. In a word, his was but a momentary backward glance at an ancient hurricane long since blown over, a phenomenon of fad, full of sound and fury, signify­ ing nothing.

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