Books: Up in Thurber's Attic

CREDOS AND CURIOS (180 pp.)—James Thurber—Harper & Row ($3.95).

The death of every major author, James Thurber wrote, is followed by the arrival at his door of a literary executor, who will drink his Scotch, mouse around his attic for a year or more, then cart off all his old laundry tickets, racing forms and telephone numbers for a posthumous volume. Anticipating this raggedy sort of immortality, Thurber once poked through his papers and. in The Notebooks of James Thurber, listed seven deterrents to their publication: "persistent illegibility, paucity of material, triviality of content, ambiguity of meaning, facetious approach, preponderance of...

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