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E. B. White's timeless One Man's Meat, now in print for fifty-five years, continues to delight readers with the renowned essayist's succinct, witty observations on daily life at a Maine saltwater farm. In his new foreword to the book, Roger Angell of The New Yorker notes,

"?the book has always had the heft , the light usefulness, of a bushel basket, carrying a raking of daily or seasonal notions, and, on the next short trip, the heavier burden of an idea. (The image owes much to White, himself, whose remembered easy, unstriding walk across a pasture or down the shore road of his Maine farm remains unique, as does his touch with the homely utensils of prose.) Strewn with errands and asterisks, farming tips and changes of weather, notes on animals and neighbors and statesmen, One Man's Meat is too personal for an almanac, too sophisticated for a domestic history, too funny and self-doubting for a literary journal. Perhaps it's a primer: a countryman's lessons that convey, at each reading, a sense of early morning clarity and possibility."

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First published in 1942, One Man's Meat has been in print almost without interruption. Now these classic essays on Maine life have come home to roost with a Maine publisher. E. B. White began this collection as a series of pieces for Harper's when he left New York City and moved to a saltwater farm in Brooklin, Maine. His observations on town meetings, poultry, the weather, songbirds, com-post, taxes, war, winter, and much more will resonate just as strongly today--to anyone attuned to Maine life--as they did more than half a century ago.

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Lindsay Waite, August 31, 2012 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
"One Man's Meat" is a classic by a master writer and teacher about his life on a Maine farm. It is a collection of essays he wrote for Harper's Magazine (though three first appeared in the New Yorker according to an editor's note). White writes of every day life on a farm and its surrounds: contemplating putting an inbox on his desk, hot weather, the annual town meeting, song birds. His clear spare style communicates perfectly. White places us in his farm house, living this new life. I think he would have been a fantastic photographer. His eye for detail is phenomenal. He writes:

"This is a day of high winds and extravagant promises, a day of bright skies and the sun on the white painted south sides of buildings, of lambs on the warm slope of the barnyard, their forelegs folded neatly and on their miniature faces a look of grave miniature content. Beneath the winter cover of spruce boughs the tulip thrusts its spear. A white hen is chaperoning thirteen little black chicks all over the place, showing them the world's fair with its lagoons and small worms." (p.124)

Of course, this writing also shows the genesis of his thoughts that led to "Charlotte's Web" and "Stuart Little" and other wonderful books. It is a look into the thoughts of a man who made a drastic change in his life and thrived. It is a look into the world from July 1938 until January 1943 as a world war loomed and then began. It is a glorious read when one wants to relax and enter this incredible part of Americana.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780884481928
Foreword:
Angell, Roger
Author:
Angell, Roger
Author:
White, E. B.
Publisher:
Tilbury House Publishers
Location:
Gardiner, Me. :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Essays (single author)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
13
Edition Description:
1st Tilbury House ed.
Series Volume:
54
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.30x6.04x.89 in. .98 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , First published in 1942, One Man's Meat has been in print almost without interruption. Now these classic essays on Maine life have come home to roost with a Maine publisher. E. B. White began this collection as a series of pieces for Harper's when he left New York City and moved to a saltwater farm in Brooklin, Maine. His observations on town meetings, poultry, the weather, songbirds, com-post, taxes, war, winter, and much more will resonate just as strongly today--to anyone attuned to Maine life--as they did more than half a century ago.
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