WHITE, E.B.

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WHITE, E.B. - Letter from the New Yorker writer and author of 'Charlotte's Web' and 'Stuart Lttle'
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WHITE, E.B. - Letter from the New Yorker writer and author of 'Charlotte's Web' and 'Stuart Lttle'

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“Leaving the Cornell library to follow her husband into the practice of law in Vermont was a great blow…”

 

WHITE, E.B.(1899-1985). American journalist and author of children’s books including the classic Charlotte’s Web. TLS. (“Andy”). 1p. 8vo. North Brooklin, July 9, 1979. Written on his personal stationery to journalist and historian Herbert Mitgang (1920-2013).

 

“Thank you for the Book Ends clipping. Thank you for lighting the candle. I am notifying Katherine Romans Hall of the event, in case she failed to see the Times. She is about to give birth to her first child in Chittenden, Vermont, and I think your notice of the bibliography will please her greatly. She is a delightful girl. Leaving the Cornell library to follow her husband into the practice of law in Vermont was a great blow, as she loved her job…”

 

White began his literary career early, earning the nickname “Andy” while in college writing for the Cornell Daily Sun. White was a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine for more than 60 years, where, among other things, he wrote the “newsbreaks,” column-fillers which reprinted humorous excerpts from newspapers. Eventually, the newsbreaks evolved into their own departments such as The New Yorker’s “Letters We Never Finished Reading” department and “Neatest Trick of the Week” department. Inspiration for his highly regarded books, including Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan came from life on his farm in Brooklin, Maine, whence he wrote our letter. In 1959, he revised William Strunk, Jr.’s style manual, now published as Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style – still regarded as the standard reference for writers. Never fond of public engagements, White became lonely and reclusive after his wife’s 1977 death, rarely venturing from his Brooklin home in his later years.

 

Mitgang was the editor of Washington, D.C. in Lincoln’s Time and author of Lincoln As They Saw Him and Dangerous Dossiers: Exposing the Secret War Against America’s Greatest Authors. Katherine Romans Hall was the editor of the definitive 1979 bibliography E.B. White: A Bibliographic Catalogue of Printed Materials in the Department of Rare Books, Cornell University Library, for which White penned the preface.

 

Folded with the original envelope and in fine condition. Uncommon.

 


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