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The Annotated Charlotte's Web Paperback – October 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Annotated edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060882603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060882600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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."



Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book several years ago to give me more insight into E.B. White's classic novel. Every time I read and re-read the notes, rewrites and history of this touching story for children, I find myself learning so much more about the writing style of this fabulous author. The photographs of White's farmhouse add texture and depth to the story and my first grade students appreciated that he, too, had to make revisions on his work! A wonderful resource for anyone interested in children's literature.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. E. H. on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I felt really sad seeing this book was among the bargain books in Borders Bookstore the other day. This is a great book, talking about almost everything on Charlotte's Web, and a lot about E.B. White the author.

The main part is the chindren's famous fiction, Charlotte's Web. The layout of the novel is the same as the one originally published. Prof Neumeyer's Notes are scattered in the big margin beside the text of Charlotte's Web.

A very well researched book, it contains an introduction before the novel. After the novel, there are several appendices. In Appendix D, E.B. White's Letters and Comments about Charlotte's Web, we can read several short essays by E.B. White, including Death Of A Pig, and The Future of Reading. The Recommended Reading and Works Cited are also very helpful to understand the fiction and E.B. White.

After reading the book, I understand Charlotte's Web much better. If lots of knowleged people had read this book, they would have never made any unforgiveable mistakes. (Such as, Edward C. Sampson in E.B. White, Twayne United States Authors Series, wrongly stating the girl's name as Fern Zucherman. In a recently published children's book, The Art of Reading, Fern bacame Fern Avery! Do the editors still edit?)

It also shows how E.B White revised his novel, thus teaching us how to write well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Faulds on June 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for any teacher wanted to know the details behind the writing of Charlotte's Web! It has everything that one would want to know about the book. From research information, to random brainstorming by E.B. White! A great addition to any elementary teacher's bookshelf! :)
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This was the first time I ever bought an "Annotated" book on any literature. I was really surprised! It is really thorough and in great detail as to the meaning of the book in so many ways. It made me realize that there is a lot to be found out, behind the story itself. Charlotte's Web is even better to me now, and it is interesting to see how this opened up the story, with more meaning than just the story itself! I think that anyone who fell in love with Charlotte's Web when they were young, will enjoy it a lot more now as an adult, after reading this book about it.
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Peter Neumeyer's introduction and bibliographic material are outstanding, and his marginalia are indispensable for a more profound understanding of this timeless, unforgettable but very subtle story for both young and old. Put together with painstaking attention to verbal and biographical detail, the insightful annotations lend another dimension to a work that already had many. Beyond compare.
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