In this world of furiouser and furiouser Thurber's sharp ear and demands for precision have been and, although he is gone, will continue to be warning signals for the sentient. This collection of essays, stories, commemoratives, forewords and appreciations, should again awaken a better sense of direct communication and sharper thinking. His love of the involved and marathon paraphrase; his exaggerations; his Ohio recall; his on-target hits at TV; his definitions of politics; his articles on E. B. White, Elliott Nugent, Robert Benchley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Petty, George Kaufman, John McNulty; his concern for old, friendly idioms and the ""galloping jumps to the mumbling crumbles""; -- these crowd the companionable, warm, even unsullied, reflections of the man who lived at Polemical Corners and who always Talked to the Point. The introduction by his wife will illuminate the essence of this gentle gentleman.