Category:Works by E. B. White
Pages in category "Works by E. B. White"
The following 8 pages are in this category, out of 8 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 8 pages are in this category, out of 8 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. E. B. White – He was a contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-author of the English language style guide The Elements of Style, which is commonly known as Strunk & White. He also wrote books for children, including Stuart Little, Charlottes Web, Charlottes Web was voted the top childrens novel in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, an accomplishment repeated from earlier surveys. White was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the youngest child of Samuel Tilly White, the president of a firm, and Jessie Hart White. Elwyns older brother Stanley Hart White, known as Stan, a professor of Landscape Architecture, White to read and explore the natural world. He served in the army going to college. White graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1921 and he picked up the nickname Andy at Cornell University, where tradition confers that moniker on any male student surnamed White, after Cornell co-founder Andrew Dickson White. While at Cornell, he worked as editor of The Cornell Daily Sun with classmate Allison Danzig, White was also a member of the Aleph Samach and Quill and Dagger societies and Phi Gamma Delta. White worked for the United Press and the American Legion News Service in 1921 and 1922, then he became a cub reporter for The Seattle Times in 1922 and 1923. Once, when White was stuck on writing a story, a Times editor said and he then worked for two years with the Frank Seaman advertising agency as a production assistant and copywriter before returning to New York City in 1924. Not long after The New Yorker was founded in 1925, White submitted manuscripts to it, Katharine Angell, the literary editor, recommended to magazine editor and founder Harold Ross that White be taken on as staff. However, it took months to convince him to come to a meeting at the office, eventually, he agreed to work in the office on Thursdays. A few years later in 1929, White and Angell were married and they had a son, Joel White, a naval architect and boat builder, who owned Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine. Katharines son from her first marriage, Roger Angell, has spent decades as an editor for The New Yorker and is well known as the magazines baseball writer. White died on October 1,1985, suffering from Alzheimers disease, at his home in North Brooklin. He is buried in the Brooklin Cemetery beside his wife Katharine and he published his first article in The New Yorker magazine in 1925, then joined the staff in 1927 and continued to contribute for around six decades. From the beginning to the end of his career at The New Yorker and he also served as a columnist for Harpers Magazine from 1938 to 1943. In 1949, White published Here Is New York, a book based upon a Holiday magazine article that he had been asked to write. This prescient love letter to the city was re-published in 1999 on the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, with an introduction by his stepson, in 1959, White edited and updated The Elements of Style
2. Charlotte's Web – Charlottes Web is a childrens novel by American author E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams, it was published in October 15,1952, the novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, written in Whites dry, low-key manner, Charlottes Web is considered a classic of childrens literature, enjoyable to adults as well as children. The description of the experience of swinging on a swing at the farm is an often cited example of rhythm in writing. In 2000, Publishers Weekly listed the book as the best-selling childrens paperback of all time, Charlottes Web was adapted into an animated feature by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions in 1973. Paramount released a sequel, Charlottes Web 2, Wilburs Great Adventure. A live-action film version of E. B, Whites original story was released in 2006. A video game based on this adaption was released in 2006. After her father spares the life of a piglet from slaughtering it as runt of the litter, upon Wilburs discovery that he is intended for slaughter, she promises to hatch a plan guaranteed to spare his life. Accordingly, she secretly weaves praise of him into her web, as time passes, more inscriptions appear on Charlottes webs, increasing his renown. Therefore, Wilbur is entered in the county fair, accompanied by Charlotte and the rat Templeton, there, Charlotte spins an egg sac containing her unborn offspring, and Wilbur, despite winning no prizes, is later celebrated by the fairs staff and visitors. Exhausted apparently by laying eggs, Charlotte remains at the fair, having returned to Zuckermans farm, Wilbur guards Charlottes egg sac and is saddened further when the new spiders depart shortly after hatching. Pleased at finding new friends, Wilbur names the spiderlings Joy, Nellie, and Aranea, Wilbur is a rambunctious pig, the runt of his litter. Charlotte A. Cavatica, or simply Charlotte, is a spider who befriends Wilbur, in some passages, she is the heroine of the story. Fern Arable, Johns daughter, who adopts Wilbur in his infancy and she is the only human in the story capable of understanding nonhuman conversation. Templeton is a rat who helps Charlotte and Wilbur only when offered food and he serves as a somewhat caustic, self-serving comic relief to the plot. Avery Arable is the brother of Fern. Like Templeton, he is a source of comic relief, homer Zuckerman is Fern’s uncle who keeps Wilbur in his barn
3. The Elements of Style – The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous editions. The original was composed by William Strunk Jr. E. B, White greatly enlarged and revised the book for publication by Macmillan in 1959. That was the first edition of the so-called Strunk & White, cornell University English professor William Strunk, Jr. wrote The Elements of Style in 1918 and privately published it in 1919, for in-house use at the university. Later, for publication, he and editor Edward A. Tenney revised it as The Elements, in 1957, at The New Yorker, the style guide reached the attention of E. B. Weeks later, White wrote a story about Strunks devotion to lucid English prose. Macmillan and Company subsequently commissioned White to revise The Elements for a 1959 edition, in the ensuing four decades, more than ten million copies of three editions have been sold. Mark Garvey relates the history of this manual in Stylized. Maira Kalman, who provided the illustrations for The Elements of Style Illustrated, asked Nico Muhly to compose a cantata based on the book and it was performed at the New York Public Library in October 2005. He also produced the second and third editions of The Elements of Style, the final reminder, the 21st, Prefer the standard to the offbeat, is thematically integral to the subject of The Elements of Style, yet does stand as a discrete essay about writing lucid prose. To write well, White advises writers to have the proper mind-set, that they write to please themselves, and that aim for one moment of felicity. Thus Strunks 1918 recommendation, Vigorous writing is concise, a sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that he make every word tell. The fourth edition of The Elements of Style, published 54 years after Strunks death, omits his stylistic advice about masculine pronouns, in its place, editor E. B. White reports, Currently, however, many find the use of the generic he or his to rename indefinite antecedents limiting or offensive. He or She, in Chapter IV, Misused Words and Expressions, components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angell, stepson of E. B. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator Charles Osgood, a glossary, five years later, the fourth edition text was re-published as The Elements of Style Illustrated, with illustrations by the designer Maira Kalman. This edition excludes the afterword by Charles Osgood and restores the first edition chapter on spelling, the Elements of Style was listed as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923 by Time in its 2011 list. Upon its release, Charles Poor, writing for The New York Times, the first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy
4. Stuart Little – Stuart Little is a 1945 childrens novel by E. B. White, his first book for children, and is recognized as a classic in childrens literature. Stuart Little was illustrated by the subsequently award-winning artist Garth Williams and it is a realistic fantasy about Stuart Little who, though born to human parents in New York City, ″looked very much like a rat/mouse in every way″. Thats how the story of Stuart Little got started and he had the dream in the spring of 1926, while sleeping on a train on his way back to New York from a visit to the Shenandoah Valley. Biographer Michael Sims wrote that Stuart arrived in mind in a shipment from the subconscious. White typed up a few stories about Stuart, which he told to his 18 nieces, in 1935, Whites wife Katharine showed these stories to Clarence Day, then a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Day liked the stories and encouraged White not to them, but neither Oxford University Press nor Viking Press was interested in the stories. Anne Carroll Moore, the childrens librarian at the New York Public Library, read this column. Whites editor at Harper, who had heard about the Stuart stories from Katherine, asked to see them, and by March 1939 was intent on publishing them. Around that time, White wrote to James Thurber that he was about half done with the book, however, first we learn of Stuarts birth to a family in New York City and how the family adapts, socially and structurally, to having such a small son. He has an adventure in which he gets caught in a window-blind while exercising, Snowbell. He was accidentally released by his brother George, then two chapters describe Stuarts participation in a model sailboat race in Central Park. A bird named Margalo is adopted by the Little family, and Stuart protects her from Snowbell, the bird repays her kindness by saving Stuart when he is trapped in a garbage can and shipped out for disposal at sea. Margalo flees when she is warned that one of Snowbells friends intends to eat her, a friendly dentist, who is also the owner of the boat Stuart had raced in Central Park, gives him use of a gasoline-powered model car, and Stuart departs to see the country. He works for a while as a teacher and comes to the town of Ames Crossing. They go on one date, but it doesnt work because the boat was found broken, as the book ends, he has not yet found Margalo, but feels confident he will do so. Anne Carroll Moore, who had initially encouraged White to write the book, was critical of it when she read a proof of it. She wrote letters to White, his wife, Katharine, and Ursula Nordstrom, malcolm Cowley, who reviewed the book for The New York Times, wrote, Mr. White has a tendency to write amusing scenes instead of telling a story
5. A Subtreasury of American Humor – A Subtreasury of American Humor is a 1941 anthology edited by E. B. White and Katharine White, of contemporary United States humor writers, both editors were long-time contributors of The New Yorker, and the collection has been sometimes termed as the New Yorker school of American Humor. Kurt Vonnegut said in 1976 that a lot of his work is rooted in this single book. Following the success of the book, the following year Morris Bishop published A Treasury of British Humor, contents A subtreasury of American humor at GoogleBooks
6. The Trumpet of the Swan – The Trumpet of the Swan is a childrens novel by E. B. It tells the story of Louis, a trumpeter swan born without a voice and trying to overcome it by learning to play a trumpet, always trying to impress a beautiful swan named Serena. Sam Beaver, an 11-year-old boy on a trip with his father, observes them. The swans begin to trust him, and Sam gets to see their five eggs hatch, all of the cygnets chirp at Sam in greeting, except for the youngest, who can make no sound and pulls his shoelace instead. The cygnets parents are concerned about their youngest son, Louis. They worry that when he grows up, he not be able to find a mate if he cannot trumpet like all the other swans. Louiss father promises to find a way for him to communicate, at the end of summer, the swan family flies to the winter refuge, Red Rock Lakes in Montana. Louis decides he should learn to read and write in order to communicate, because Sam Beaver lives nearby, he happily takes his swan friend to school with him the next morning. Louis turns out to be a natural at reading and writing, unfortunately, because the other swans cannot read, Louis is still lonely when he returns to the Red Rock Lakes. He falls in love with a swan, Serena. Louiss father flies to a store in Billings, Montana, crashes through the window. Louis feels guilty about his fathers theft, but accepts the instrument, Serena has migrated north, so Louis returns to Sams ranch. Sam suggests that Louis get a job so he can pay the store for the trumpet and the window, and Louis finds a position as camp bugler at Camp Kookooskoos. Louis plays taps, reveille, and mess call, and composes a song for Serena. He convinces Sam to split one of his feet with a razor blade, making fingers. He also rescues Applegate Skinner, a camper who nearly drowns. At the end of summer, Louis receives the Lifesaving Medal, a waterproof moneybag, Sam suggests that Louis get a job with the Swan Boats in Boston. He flies across country and becomes an instant success, with a salary of $100 per week and he even stays in the Ritz Hotel