E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren.
Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harper's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, Essays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."
During his lifetime, many young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, they are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination."
White, sometimes known best for the children's book, Charlotte's Web, and for Elements of Style, for me actually shines as an essayist. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tippa
If you care about the man himself that you have come to love as your instructor of style, then you need to get into his world and read his letters and see how how human he is, how... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ibrahim
I am still chuckling at the master's use of language. I keep reading it aloud to anyone who will listen and urge everyone to get a copy and do the same.Published 23 months ago by Granny-By-The-Sea
E. B. White is a pleasure to read. He can be humorous, descriptive, whatever the subject requires, occasionally sad, but never boring,Published on March 8, 2013 by Ann Halsell
I'm a huge fan of E.B. White's and a committed reader of The New Yorker magazine. If the authors of the era and the mechanics of writing/publication are of interest, you would... Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by OptimusCrank
An interesting book but I can't imagine why he kept every one of the letters that are reprinted here. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by V. Mac