In the Words of E. B. White offers readers a delightful
selection of quotations, selected and annotated by his
granddaughter and literary executor, Martha White. The quotations
cover a wide range of subjects and situations, from Automobiles,
Babies, Bees, City Life, and College to Spiders, Taxes, Weather,
Work, and Worry. E. B. White comments on writing for children, how
to tell a major poet from a minor one, and what to do when one
becomes hopelessly mired in a sentence. White was apt to address
the subject of security by speaking first about a Ferris wheel at
the local county fair, or the subject of democracy from the
perspective of roofing his barn and looking out across the bay-he
had a gift for bringing the abstract firmly into the realm of the
everyday. Included here are gems from White's books and essay
collections, as well as bits from both published and unpublished
letters and journals.
This is a book for readers and writers, for those who know E. B.
White from his "Notes and Comment" column in The New
Yorker, have turned to The Elements of Style for help
in crafting a polished sentence, or have loved a spider's
assessment of Wilbur as "Some Pig." This distillation of the wit,
style, and humanity of one of America's most distinguished
essayists of the twentieth century will be a welcome addition to
any reader's bookshelf.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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