A Box to Hide In by James Thurber first appeared in The New Yorker (January 24, 1931) and was also reprinted in the collection The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935).
“I waited till the large woman with the awful hat took up her sack of groceries and went out, peering at the tomatoes and lettuce on her way. The clerk asked me what mine was…”
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James Thurber (1894–1961) created some thirty volumes of humor, fiction, children’s books, cartoons, and essays in just about as many years. A founding member of The New Yorker staff, Thurber wrote and illustrated such enduring books as The Thurber Carnival and My Life and Hard Times. See more about James Thurber at ThurberHouse.org.