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The secret life of Walter Mitty and other pieces


0091900646 / 9780091900649
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20 cm 320 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: as The Thurber carnival. 1965.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, first published in 1941, is the story of a man whose only escape from the banality of his life as a middle-aged accountant is a world of his own in which he fantasises about his brilliant careers as a top surgeon, naval officer and brave pilot amongst others.

However, his reverie is always rudely interrupted by his wife's constant hen-pecking or occasional near-accidents in parking lots.

Then one day he comes into possession of a little black book containing a secret - information that plunges him deep into a confusing conspiracy and gives him the chance to be a real hero.

Thurber's psychological study of his protagonist is at turns both funny and sad, and the story has found its way into the general consciousness, a 'Walter Mitty' character now defined in the OED as 'referring to a person who fantasises about a life much more exciting and glamorous than their own'.

This collection also includes many other classic Thurber pieces that will delight fans of Thurber's and a new readership alike


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