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One Man's Meat Paperback – June 1, 2003
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First published in 1944, this classic collection of enduring commentaries is reissued here with a new introduction by the author. "Superb reading."--The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One Man's Meat, first published in 1942, is the companion volume to the Essays of E. B. White. Both books include his classic, Once More to the Lake, an essay about taking his own son to the lake that made such an impression on him when he was taken there by his own father. There is minimal overlap between the two books.
In 1940 he lamented the effects of the automobile on community life: "Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car." This book also includes the best thing I have ever read about poetry. Poems must be short, he said, because, "Poetry is intensity, and nothing is intense for long."
One of the things that struck me most in this group of essays was his statement about writers, since I am one. He wrote: "In a free country it is the duty of writers to pay no attention to duty." I love this man.
I could rant on for hours about the joy of reading this book, but it's better that you spend your time reading his work instead of mine.
This versatile book could pair well with:
- A Naturalist Buys An Old Farm
- The Feast Nearby
- Bailey White's books
- Wesley the Owl
- A Homemade Life
- Wild Places by MacFarlane
- James Thurber's books