Reading E. B. White

E. B. White has long been a favorite writer of mine, since reading things by him written for The New Yorker long ago. Reading Is Sex Necessary?, James Thurber’s humorous book co-written with White, led me to reading more of White, and it wasn’t long before I bought these hardcovers sometimes around 1976 or 1977.

They have been on the shelf since, and I’ve read each of them more than once.

Last Fall I picked up a copy of E. B. On Dogs, a trade paperback with letters and essays about his various dogs, mostly Dachshunds, for some light reading when the pandemic was really getting me down (it still is, by the way). Much of the material from the book I’d already read in one of the four hardcovers shown above. I never seem to tire of White’s humor, opinions and worldview.

Are you an E. B. reader?

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12 Responses to Reading E. B. White

  1. tracybham says:

    I have only read Charlotte’s Web. E. B. On Dogs sounds good. I could try one of the others someday.

  2. I think E. B. White was one of the great stylists of clear writing. All his work is precise and well written. Yes, I am a huge E.B. White fan! Now I want to drop everything and read some E. B. White!

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Charlotte’s Web, obviously, Also The Elements of Style. But the letters and essays would probably interest me too. His stepson, Roger Angell, reached his 100th birthday last September.

  4. Patti Abbott says:

    Didn’t know Roger Angell was his stepson. The baseball writer? Yes, Charlotte’s Web is my only foray. Should give one of these a try.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    One more terrific little book that I’d forgotten. In 1949 he published a long article (after he had moved to Maine) about the city of his childhood that he loved, HERE IS NEW YORK, which was republished as a little (56 pages) illustrated book in 1999 on the centennial of his birth. Check if your library has it. Very interesting look at New York of long ago.

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