Letters of E. B. White

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Harper Collins, Dec 18, 2007 - Literary Collections - 768 pages

Letters of E. B. White touches on a wide variety of subjects, including the New Yorker editor who became the author's wife; their dachshund, Fred, with his "look of fake respectability"; and White's contemporaries, from Harold Ross and James Thurber to Groucho Marx and John Updike and, later, Senator Edmund S. Muskie and Garrison Keillor. Updated with newly released letters from 1976 to 1985, additional photographs, and a new foreword by John Updike, this unparalleled collection of letters from one of America's favorite essayists, poets, and storytellers now spans nearly a century, from 1908 to 1985.

 

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In the original edition of E.B. White's letters (edited by his goddaughter, Dorothy Lobrano Guth, and published in 1976), White noted in his introduction that "ideally, a collection of letters should ... Read full review

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so, yes, some letters can be a bit mundane but overall fascinating. eb's descriptive phrasing still resonates; "they say it isn't hot, but the salt sticks and the windows stick and the air smells like ... Read full review

Contents

MOUNT VERNON 19081917
1
CORNELL AND THE OPEN ROAD 19171925
17
THE NEW YORKER
69
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DECISION 19291930
80
EAST 8TH STREET 19311936
98
ONE MANS MEAT 19371941
141
THE WAR YEARS 19421945
209
A PARTY OF ONE 19461949
257
CHARLOTTES WEB 19521954
322
WILL STRUNKS LITTLE BOOK 19551959
368
LETTERS FROM THE EAST 19601965
425
THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN 19661970
488
IN THE LEE OF THE BARN 19711976
560
GOODBYE TO KATHARINE 19771981
616
E B WHITE A BIOGRAPHY 19821985
644
Index
687

TURTLE BAY 19501951
291

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About the author (2007)

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."

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