A Couple of Hamburgers

A Couple of Hamburgers is a 1935 short story by James Thurber, the American writer, considered to be one of his best.[1][2][3][4]

It is a thumbnail sketch of a couple in a dysfunctional marriage.

It has been suggested that while The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, arguably Thurber's best known short story, is a comical story with a tragic side, this is a tragic story with a comical side.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Thurber, James (1935-11-16). "A Couple of Hamburgers". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  2. ^ Yagoda, Ben (1995-12-10). "His Life and Hard Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  3. ^ Neil A. Grauer (1995). Remember Laughter: A Life of James Thurber. U of Nebraska Press. pp. 57–59. ISBN 0-8032-7056-9.
  4. ^ Sean Zwagerman (2010). Wit’s End: Women's Humor as Rhetorical and Performative Strategy. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 102–104. ISBN 978-0-8229-7377-5.