In almost every culture, one of the oldest forms of literature is fables. Fables are short, simple stories that teach us lessons. These lessons, called morals, are usually serious points about how to behave in the world.
Today we are going to learn a famous fable writer, named James Thurber (1894-1961). After understanding his background, the next step for us is to read one of his works.
Citing from Amazon.com (http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/thurber.htm), James Thurber is an American writer and cartoonist, who tended to deal with the frustrations of modern world. Thurber's best-known characters are Walter Mitty, his snarling wife and silently observing animals. His stories have influenced later writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller. Thurber is generally acknowledged as the greatest American humorist since Mark Twain (1835-1910).
See the example below and will know the irocial humor of James Thurber.
Then, go to read other fables that may interest you.