In the Words of E. B. White

In the Words of E. B. White

Quotations From America's Most Companionable of Writers

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In a book that draws on E. B. White's books, collected works and published and unpublished letters and papers, the literary legend's granddaughter collects his best quotes--on writing, nature, everyday life and much more.

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"The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a world war."—E. B. White on fatherhood

"I was lucky to be born abnormal. It ran in the family."—on luck

"I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else." —on Maine

"The English language is always sticking a foot out to trip a man."—on language


The author of Charlotte's Web and One Man's Meat, coauthor of The Elements of Style, and columnist for The New Yorker for almost half a century, E. B. White (1899–1985) is an American literary icon. Over the course of his career, White inspired generations of writers and readers with his essays (both serious and humorous), children's literature, and stylistic guidance.

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 Included here are gems from White's books and essay collections, as well as bits from both published and unpublished letters and journals.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.


This distillation of the wit, style, and humanity of E. B. White offers readers a delightful selection of quotations, selected and annotated by E. B. White's granddaughter and literary executor, Martha White.

Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780801449550
Branch Call Number: 813.52 WHI
Characteristics: xiii, 231 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: White, Martha 1954 December 18-

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