Books: World on All Fours

MY WORLD—AND WELCOME TO IT— James Thurber — Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

In his latest collection of stories, essays, profiles, Humorist James Thurber gives us another glimpse into the weird Thurberian world— that closed circle within which the male animal plods foolishly round & round, hopefully, "cutting down elm trees to put up institutions for people driven insane by the cutting down of elm trees." Thurber's colored maid Delia has figured out the mind of this foiled, circuitous wanderer. Thurber, she explains, "used to work in an office like anybody else, but he had to be...

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