Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Noonan, Marlys Hedelund, "James Thurber: Owl and nightingale of the twentieth century" (1964). Student Work. 3275.
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