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Catbird Seat



The short story “The Catbird Seat” by James Thurber is the comic story of Mr. Martin’s revenge on Mrs. Barrows who is trying to reorganize his filing department at the F & S company.


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3511 .A86
  • PZ1 .H82



Circulating Books


  • Costain, Thomas B. (Ed.). 30 Stories to Remember. 1962.

                    Call Number: PZ1 .C835 Th

  • Voss, Arthur. The American Short Story: A Critical Survey. 1973.

                    Call Number: PS374 .S5 V6



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms-(Keywords Anywhere)


  • Catbird Seat
  • Thurber, James



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 5, pg. 432, 442

o   Vol. 11, pg. 533

o   Vol. 125, pg. 388, 394, 402, 410-11, 413, 415

  • Facts on File Companion to the American Short StoryCall Number: REF PS374     .S5 F33 2000

o   Pg. 83-4

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition)Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 1, pg. 557-59

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 1, pg. 422, 425, 431-32, 435

o   Vol. 47, pg. 365, 374-75, 382, 389-90

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 10, Pg. 37-52




Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale



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Last Revised on November 21, 2021


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