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 James Grover Thurber  (1894 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: New York/Ohio      Known for: illustrator-whimsical cartoons

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A long-time cartoonist for "The New Yorker" magazine, he became one of America's best-known illustrators in the first half of the 20th century.

He was born and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University where he edited the humorous undergraduate magazine. In his senior year, he left to become a code clerk in the State Department in Washington D.C. and later in the Paris Embassy. He never saw active duty because of having lost the sight in one eye in a childhood bow and arrow accident.

After World War II, he worked as a newspaper reporter for publications including the "Columbus Dispatch," the "Paris Tribune," and the "New York Evening Post."

In 1927, he joined the staff of the "New Yorker Magazine," and wrote and illustrated his first book "Is Sex Necessary," in collaboration with fellow staff writer, E.B. White. The book was very popular and launched his national reputation as a humorist.

Eventually he became a full time writer and book illustrator but continued to contribute to "The New Yorker." He married Helen Wismer, a former magazine editor, and they lived much of the year in Cornwall, Connecticut.

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