Aphorist for an Anxious Age

The unicorn nibbled its last rose, and left the garden. But readers knew well enough what they had seen. James Thurber, who died at 66 last week, a month after an emergency operation to relieve a blood clot on the brain, was an aphorist of sad truths who mourned his times with laughter.

"There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else," he said. And, "It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be." He was a dreamer who knew the longings of ordinary men—to stuff their wives and put...

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