The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” definition


(1939) A story by James Thurber about a henpecked husband with extravagant daydreams: he imagines himself as a heroic pilot in wartime, a world-famous surgeon, and a soldier who can face a firing squad without fear.

Note: An ordinary person who dreams of leading a romantic life may be called a “Walter Mitty.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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