The Writer and the Daydreamer

In 1939, the New Yorker published a short story by journalist and cartoonist James Thurber about a mild-mannered man with an exceptional imagination. Entitled, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the story described five heroic daydreams imagined by the protagonist while his wife was busy doing the shopping and attending a beauty parlour. The narratives of these daydreams were common to many excessive and occasional daydreamers alike: a US…