Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Harper


James Thurber, Twentieth Century American humorist, was both an owl and a nightingale in his writing. As an owl he took a thoughtful, serious view of the ways of men; he pondered the plight of the individual in a theory-laden, mechanical, psychological world. He was the owl of wisdom who meditated and transcribed his judgments and opinions of his fellow man. He was also an owl of darkness, for James Thurber was nearly blind all of his life.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English of the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts Copyright. 1964 Marlys Hedelund Noonan.

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