Library program traces the sad life of an iconic humorist

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon President Tom Trowbridge, at right in photo, greeted documentary filmmaker Adam Van Doren, who led a discussion of his 2000 film exploring the life of humorist James Thurber. Photo by Leila Hawken

SHARON — Adam Van Doren screened and discussed his documentary film about Cornwall humorist James Thurber at a program held Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sharon Town Hall. The event, sponsored by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, drew an audience of 60 Van Doren-Thurber fans.

Co-produced with his wife, Charlotte, the 2000 documentary titled “James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times,” probed the remarkable life of a famed humorist who longed for success as a serious writer in the vein of Henry James, his literary idol. 

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