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Essays of E. B. White (Perennial Classics)


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Catherine Chandler, August 26, 2013 (view all comments by Catherine Chandler)
Growing up, I had no idea that E.B. White wrote anything other than "Charlotte's Web." I soon learned, through college, that he was, in fact, an esteemed author, contributing countless essays and stories to publications. While I have generally shied away from collections of author essays, preferring instead to get lost in fiction, White's auction reads less like informative essays and more like a journal. We are transported back in time, traveling through history and catching a glimpse at what his life was like--what society was like. Peppered with antics of his farm animals, and the trials and tribulations of living in rural Maine, the fluctuations within White's writings create a rhythmic collection that should not be missed.
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danielle.maris, October 12, 2010 (view all comments by danielle.maris)
You may know him as "the guy who wrote Charlotte's Web" but did you know that E.B. White was also a brilliant essayist? That he helped form The New Yorker, contributing over 1800 pieces? That he was an environmentalist?

White wrote that "the essayist is a self-liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about, everything that happens to him, is of general interest." Well, luckily for us, everything that White writes about (from life on his farm in Maine to the pulsing streets of New York to his thoughts on Henry David Thoreau) is of great interest, even fifty, sixty years later. His essays are graceful, elegant, and sometimes even deceiving, focusing on the small things in life while presenting a greater perspective on the world.

Or, as Charlotte herself might say, White's writing is "terrific" and "radiant" but ultimately, and perhaps most importantly, "humble."
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Amanda Schaefer, December 9, 2008 (view all comments by Amanda Schaefer)
Fifteen years ago I recieved Charlotte's Web for Christmas. This year for Christmas I'm reading Mr. White's volume of essays. If you loved his children's books as a child, you'll love his insightful and (of course) stylish essays as an adult.
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jamitamaria, February 26, 2008 (view all comments by jamitamaria)
If you fancy yourself a writer, read this book. You will receive the gift of reading the written word most succinctly and cleverly, with poetry and humor that constantly astounds.

All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright. --- E.B.White

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White, E. B.
Harper Perennial
by E. B White
E, B.
by E. B White
New York, NY :
20th century
American essays
Essays - Single Authors
American essays -- 20th century.
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"Review" by , "His voice rumbles with authority through sentences of surpassing grace. In his more than fifty years at The New Yorker, White set a standard of writerly craft for that supremely well-wrought magazine. In genial, perfectly poised essay after essay, he has wielded the English language with as much clarity and control as any American of his time."
"Review" by , "Some of the finest examples of contemporary, genuinely American prose. White's style incorporates eloquence without affection, profundity without pomposity, and wit without frivolity or hostility. Like his predecessors Thoreau and Twain, White's creative, humane, and graceful perceptions are an education for the sensibilities."
"Review" by , "The abiding spirit of these essays is humane, compassionate, traditionalistic. No matter what his subject, White always keeps his eye on the long view and the larger perspective. There are times when I feel his work is as much a national resource as the Liberty Bell, a call to the best and noblest in us."
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