What Are Some Good Wimpy Husband Stories?


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“The Secret Life of Life of Walter Mitty,” a short story by James Thurber that first appeared in "The New Yorker," is one of the most widely known stories of a wimpy husband. Others include “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?” by Edward Albee and “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving.

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In Thurber’s 1939 story, Walter Mitty daydreams to escape the constant nagging of his wife and imagines himself in a series of hyper-masculine roles, such as a deadly assassin and a bomber pilot. George, the husband in Albee’s 1962 play, turns to alcohol to escape the verbal and physical assaults of his wife Martha and his failure as a husband. In Irving’s 1819 short story, hen-pecked Rip Van Winkle avoids his wife’s nagging by retreating to the mountains and falling asleep for 20 years only to awaken and return home after her passing.

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