“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
first published March 18, 1939, The New Yorker
first collected, My World and Welcome to It, 1942
Happy anniversary to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”! First published 75 years ago today and adapted to film twice (1947 and 2013), I’m not sure if any American is actually permitted to graduate high school without having read it at least once. Or maybe that’s just my anecdotal perception!
If you’ve never read “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” or if you just want to revisit, The New Yorker has it posted on their site, HERE. Check it out! I reread it when reading The 13 Clocks as a comparison, and found that even in a story written for an adult audience, Thurber’s use of wordplay and sound-words still remains. The plot is less poetic: a weak-willed man with a domineering wife but a very active imagination. An enjoyable read nonetheless. (And nothing like the movie trailer!)