Monday, July 11, 2016

We remember E B White (1899-1985)

We remember E B White, the author of many children's books, such as Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte's Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970).    

He was born in New York on this day in 1899:
Elwyn Brooks White was the son of a piano manufacturer and the youngest of six children. 
He attended Cornell University, where he edited the school newspaper and was dubbed Andy, a nickname given to students with the last name White, after Andrew D. White, the university’s first president. After graduating from Cornell in 1921, White worked as a newspaper reporter and a production assistant and copywriter for an advertising agency. 
In 1927, he joined the staff of The New Yorker, which had been founded two years earlier. White, along with his friend and fellow writer James Thurber, is credited with playing a central role in shaping the magazine’s tone and direction. For over 50 years, White contributed essays, poems and other pieces to the publication.
In the 1930s, White and his wife, Katherine Sergeant Angell, a writer and editor whom he met at The New Yorker, moved to a farm in Maine. 
In 1945, he published his first children’s novel, “Stuart Little,” about a mouse born into a human family. The book was followed in 1952 by “Charlotte’s Web,” about a pig on a farm who is saved from being slaughtered with the help of a spider named Charlotte. The story was inspired by life on White’s own farm. 
His third children’s book, “The Trumpet of the Swan,” about a swan born without a voice, was published in 1970. 
All three works were critical and commercial successes, selling millions of copies. 
The books have also been made into films."
A great life and a man who left us some wonderful books that will be read for centuries.

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