James Thurber short stories that are available online include "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "The Catbird Seat." Online readers also have access to ?A Box to Hide In,? "You Could Look It Up" and "The Princess and the Tin Box."
"The New Yorker" offers the short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In it, a mild-mannered man creates heroic daydreams, such as commanding a naval hydroplane, performing life-saving surgery and piloting a bomber headed for a munitions dump. The man uses his imaginary dramas to escape his ordinary life. "The Catbird Seat" is presented online by the Margret & H.A. Rey Center. An everyman plots to kill the special adviser to his firm's president, because the consultant has pushed through unwelcomed changes.
The Library of America's Story of the Week site presents both "A Box to Hide In" and "You Could Look It Up." In the first, a man seeks to escape worries and pain by going into hiding. The narrator in the latter story speaks in ungrammatical English as he describes how a baseball team's manager brings in a midget player to salvage the team's season.
Nexus Learning hosts "The Princess and the Tin Box," a modern fairy tale. A princess marries the suitor who brings her the gift she likes best.