The Princess and the Tin Box

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"The Princess and the Tin Box" is a short story by James Thurber in the form of a modern fable.[1] It was first published in the September 29, 1945 edition of The New Yorker magazine and republished in 1948 in Thurber's The Beast in Me and Other Animals: A New Collection of Pieces and Drawings about Human Beings and Less Alarming Creatures.[2] The story is widely used as a text in schools for teaching both writing skills and reading comprehension.


  1. ^ Tiffin, Jessica (2009). Marvelous Geometry: Narrative and Metafiction in Modern Fairy Tale, pp. 38–39. Wayne State University Press
  2. ^ Porton, Harriet D. (2013) Teaching the Standards: How to Blend Common Core State Standards into Secondary Instruction, pp. 13; 16; 27. R&L Education