Famous blind persons: Literary figures
USA James Thurber (1894-1961)
Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio and was known for whimsical writings and cartoon. He is best
known for the short story, The secret Life of Walter Mitty and the book, The Thurber Carnival. He lost
one of his eyes to an arrow when playing William Tell in childhood. His other eye became weak with
the passing years possibly due to sympathetic ophthalmia. He underwent several operation to the
uninjured eye but without benefit. He was blind towards the end of his life.
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