Humorist James Thurber (Dec. 8, 1894—Nov. 2, 1961) joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1927. His contributions to that magazine, both as a writer and an artist, were instrumental in changing the character of American humor. His stories and cartoons have been collected in over thirty volumes and there have been adaptations for the stage, television, movies, and musical presentations. Thurber House continues the legacy of James Thurber and has awarded the Thurber Prize for outstanding American humor to such writers as Ian Frazier, Jon Stewart, Alan Zweibel, Joe Keenan and Calvin Trillin.