Spring 1943 • Vol. V No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1943 |

Psychopathic like Charlie

MY WORLD—AND WELCOME TO IT. By James Thurber. Harcourt, Brace & Co. $2.50. Thurber's is an interesting personality: amazingly funny, tearfully sad and almost embarrassingly honest. I don't whether anyone has made the comparison before, but to me he is very much the Charlie Chaplin of contemporary literature. In both I find the same quaint intermingling and contrast of tragic and comic elements: humor alleviating pathos and pathos humanizing humor. They are both "little fellows" beset by the world, Chaplin struggling on the extrovert level of man against society; Thurber struggling in the nearly psychopathic depths of man against himself; Chaplin oppressed by such extrovert phenomena as economics and love-at-first-sight, Thurber by a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde conflict. In Chaplin there is more fantasy and less tragedy, in Thurber it is the other way around. But these are minor differences; they are brothers under the skin. Thurber's typical protagonist, interested in

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