The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 5, No. 1

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by James Thurber

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," first published in 1939, is one of James Thurber's most well-known and beloved stories. Its famous protagonist holds a place in the cultural lexicon, meriting his own entry in English-language dictionaries. In 1947, Norman McLeod directed an MGM Technicolor musical with the same title based on Thurber's story. The film, which extends Mitty's imaginary adventures over a two-day period, stars Danny Kaye as the affable daydreamer.