James Grover Thurber (Columbus, Ohio, december 8, 1894 – New York, november 2, 1961) was a humorous American writer. He wrote short stories and essays, and also made cartoons. Many later authors are influenced by him, such as Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller.
Thurber is best known for his contributions to The New Yorker. One of his most famous stories was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, that on March 18, 1939 in The New Yorker appeared. It was made into a film in 1947 starring Danny Kaye.