Nine Needles

James Thurber's short story "Nine Needles" appeared in the January 25, 1936 edition of The New Yorker magazine. It describes the misadventures of a house guest who inadvertently makes a mess of his hosts' bathroom due to an overcrowded medicine cabinet. The following speakers were recorded reading the story.

Available Files

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Participants: M. M. Crow, Sarah Dodson, Amie Irvine, Ernest William Talbert, Lois Ware, Rudolph Willard

Speaker: M. M. Crow

TELL ID: 0136

Date: 1939

Language: English

Dialectal Influences:

United States

Sex: Male

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 3, Disc 10, Side 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Speaker: Sarah Dodson

TELL ID: 0126, 0127

Date: October 16, 1939

Language: English

Dialectal Influences:

United States

Sex: Female

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 3, Disc 7, Side 1;

Box 3, Disc 7, Side 2, Track 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Speaker: Amie Irvine

TELL ID: 0123, 0124

Date: October 16, 1939

Language: English

Dialectal Influences:

United States

Sex: Female

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 3, Disc 6, Side 1;

Box 3, Disc 6, Side 2, Track 2

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Speaker: Ernest William Talbert

TELL ID: 0131

Date: 1939

Language: English

Dialectal Influences:

San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

Stanford, Santa Clara County, California

Compton, Los Angeles County, California

Moscow, Latah County, Idaho

Austin, Travis County, Texas

Sex: Male

Age: 30

Race: Unknown

Education: College, Graduate school

Occupations: Instructor of English, Compton District Junior College, University of Idaho, and University of Texas at Austin

Original Recording Location: Box 3, Disc 8, Side 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: 0132 (partial). To hear this file, please contact TELL.

Speaker: Lois Ware

TELL ID: 0111

Date: October 16, 1939

Language: English

Dialectal Influences:

Austin, Travis County, Texas

Sex: Female

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: College, Graduate school

Occupations: Professor of English Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Original Recording Location: Box 3, Disc 3, Side 1, Track 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: 0112 (partial). To hear this file, please contact TELL.

Speaker: Rudolph Willard

TELL ID: 0134

Date: October 15, 1939

Language: English

Dialectal Influences:

Sofia, Bulgaria

Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio

Coldspring, San Jacinto County, Texas

New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut

France

Wellesley, Norfolk County, Massachusetts

Austin, Travis County, Texas

Sex: Male

Age: 47

Race: White

Education: College, Graduate school

Occupations: Salesman; Teacher; Principal; Superintendent; Assistant Professor of English, Yale University; Visiting Professor of English, Wellesley College; Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

Original Recording Location: Box 3, Disc 9, Side 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Sources:


Thurber, J. (1936, January 25). Nine needles. The New Yorker, 17-18.
Image credit: "Shaving Made Easy, 1905 - Shaving the right side under the jaw." Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shaving_Made_Easy,_1905_-_Shaving_the_right_side_under_the_jaw.png