A Study Guide for James Thurber's

A Study Guide for James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

By The Gale Group

  • Release Date: 2002-07-23
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 3
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A study guide for James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", excerpted from The Gale Group's acclaimed Short Stories for Students series. Designed with busy students in mind, this concise study guide includes: plot summary; character analysis; author biographies; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students to help you finish your research in record time.


  • Scam

    By MWSloan
    For the money, you'd expect they'd include the text of the actual short storie by James Thurber, but no. This is just someone else's notes about the story. Ripoff.
  • Daydreams Do Come True

    By Eric Jonrosh
    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a book for dreamers, lovers and the momma’s boy in all of us. I lived at home until I was a vine-ripened 27, so believe me I can relate to James Thurber’s Mitty. And I’ve always been a fond of a good daydream. Let’s see what comes to me now: I’m a powerful land baron with an eye patch. Nay, a feudal samurai lord. No, I’m an oil tycoon. Fabulously rich, silver-haired, steely-eyed and what’s this? I’m in turbulent fight with my lover, no my sister, no my lover and her vengeful son. He has gun. So do I! This tension is terrifying. Daydream continued in the next paragraph. Where was I? Ah yes, the daydream. Now, I’m a young man. A prospector trying to hit it rich. Do I? Yes! This is my daydream, of course I’ll hit it rich. Black gold. The farm is saved. I am more lost in this daydream than any I have ever had. It’s spellbinding. It’s tear-jerking. Spine-tingling. There are plots upon plots upon plots. It twists, it turns. It’s a veritable roller coaster ride of goddamn emotion. This is by far the most powerful daydream I’ve ever experienced. It feels like an eternity, yet no time has passed. I am exhausted. And now, I have a confession to make. That was no daydream. That was me experiencing in both words and pharmaceutical hallucinations, the broad plot of my dramatic novel “The Spoils of Babylon,” set to air on IFC, this very January the 9th, 2014. Adapted, directed, casted and colored in full Breath-Take-o-Scope™ by yours truly. I do apologize for my surreptitious diatribe, but I must admit, I can scarcely contain my excitement. After more than 40 years and literally thousands of edits (two editors died), the hour is upon us. And it shall be no mere daydream. Oh, and see “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” sometime, it’s a delight. Finest regards, Eric Jonrosh, author, “The Soils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January 9th, 2014