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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a short story by James Thurber, was a part of his 1942 collection entitled My World – And Welcome To It.  This humorous tale concerns an ordinary man who escapes from his dull life through several heroic fantasies.



Call Numbers for Searching  the Shelves


  • PN6120.2
  • PS648 .S5
  • PS3539 .H94



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Current-Garcia, Eugene (ed.). American Short Stories, 5th Edition. 1990.

                        Call Number: PS648 .S5 A47 1990

  •  Fensch, Thomas (ed.). Conversations with James Thurber. 1989.

                       Call Number: PS3539 .H94 Z464 1989

  •  Thurber, James. The Thurber Carnival. 1945.

                        Call Number: PS3539 .H94 T5

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

                        Call Number:  PS374 .S5 V6



LINNCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Thurber, James (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Thurber, James – Criticism and Interpretation (Keywords Anywhere)



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism. Call Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 11, pg. 533-534

o   Vol. 125, pg. 388-411

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction.  Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 6, pg. 2314

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

o   Vol. 6, pg. 3583-85

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

o   Vol. 1, pg. 420-435

o   Vol. 47, pg.365-390

  • Short Stories for Students. Call Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 1, pg. 183-198



Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.


  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale


This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINNCWeb, VCC East’s online card catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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Last Revised on November 21, 2021

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