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The story of Charlotte's web : E.B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic

Author: Michael Sims
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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As he was composing what was to become his most enduring and popular book, E.B. White was obeying that oft repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats, White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours. Painfully shy his entire life, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: E B White; E B White; E B White; E B White; Elwyn B White
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Sims
ISBN: 9780802777546 0802777546
OCLC Number: 676728647
Description: viii, 307 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Translating youself --
Elwyn. Enchanted ; Fear ; Trustworthy ; A writing fool ; Liebesträum. --
Andy. Olympus ; Interview with a sparrow ; Crazy ; As spiders do. --
Charlotte. Dream farm ; The mouse of thought ; Foreknowledge ; Zuckerman's barn ; Spinningwork ; Paean ; Some book ; Completion ; After Charlotte.
Other Titles: E.B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic
Responsibility: Michael Sims.

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As he was composing what was to become his most enduring and popular book, E.B. White was obeying that oft repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats, White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours. Painfully shy his entire life, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." It is all the more impressive, therefore, how many people have felt a kinship with E.B. White. With Charlotte's Web, which has gone on to sell more than 45 million copies, the man William Shawn called "the most companionable of writers" lodged his own character, the avuncular author, into the hearts of generations of readers. In this book the author shows how White solved what critic Clifton Fadiman once called "the standing problem of the juvenile fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole" by mining the raw ore of his childhood friendship with animals in Mount Vernon, New York, translating his own passions and contradictions, delights and fears, into an all time classic. Blending White's correspondence with the likes of Ursula Nordstrom, James Thurber, and Harold Ross, the E.B. White papers at Cornell, and the archives of HarperCollins and the New Yorker into his own narrative, the author brings to life the shy boy whose animal stories, real and imaginery, made him famous around the world.

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