The Last Flower a parable in Pictures Author:James Thurber Although Thurber is best known for 'Walter Mitty' and 'The Male Animal,' the book of his I like best is "the last Flower." In it you will find his faith in the renewal of life, his feeling for the beauty and fragility of life on earth. [E.B. White, the New Yorker]. It was written in the years before America became involved in WWII.