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Writings from The New Yorker 1927-1976

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A delightful, witty, spirited collection of short pieces and essays by the inimitable E. B. White.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published 1990)
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Dinah
Nov 21, 2009 Dinah rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book refers to E.B. White as "inimitable," which is a word just vague enough in meaning to the modern ear to suggest the author is venerable and quaint. I couldn't have chosen a better term. While a fair number of these short pieces are pointed and political, all have the tone of a high-brow dinner party among close friends -- strong convictions softened by a pleasant cadence and linguistic etiquette. It is hard to imagine a time when busy New Yorkers opened their magazines to ...more
Tony
Nov 08, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
White, E. B. WRITINGS FROM THE NEW YORKER: 1927-1976. (1990). ****. These writings, edited by Rebecca M. Dale, are from the anonymous “Notes and Comments,” and “Talk of the Town” sections of the magazine that the editor identified as White’s work. This is a mixed bag of topics and tones that you can see changing over the years as White seemed to mellow out. The editor has arranged these pieces into the following topics: Nature, The Word, Thoreau, Liberty, Maine, One World, etc. All of the pieces ...more
Dave
Aug 24, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it
It's all good--too much all at once. The essays--essayettes, really--on nature, New York, and Maine tend to be the best. White on Thoreau is best of all:

"He got a reputation for being a naturalist, and he was not much of a naturalist. He got a reputation for being a hermit, and he was no hermit. He was a writer, is what he was."

"'Walden' is so indigestible that many hungry people abandon it because it makes them mildly sick, each sentence being an anchovy spread, and the whole thing too salty a
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Phoebe
Feb 23, 2010 Phoebe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kezia, Lisa, Louise, Bob, Vern
Pithy, brief essays on all manner of topics, from his beloved Maine, to Thoreau (very funny) to Science to The Academic Life, all originally published in the New Yorker. What is there to say except that White was quite a thinker, and this collection gives me renewed appreciation for his incredible versatility as a writer both for children and adults. A marvelous book, deliciously intelligent and intellectual, and meant to be savored and shared out loud.
Elisabeth
Jan 09, 2016 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
EB White is great
David
Jan 19, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays, nonfiction
None of the pieces in this book are longer than a few pages. Most are only a page, or even only a paragraph. This is just the right size for a literary nightcap or an introspective moment. I've nursed this collection for nearly a year, and now I've turned the last page. What shall I do? I imagine a year or two from now I'll have forgotten so many details that I'll decide to read it afresh.

In the meanwhile, I have bookmarked one of the one-paragraph essays from 1936, because it comforts me to kno
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Sweetman Sweetman
Dec 03, 2009 Sweetman Sweetman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sweetman by: found the compilation finally!
Shelves: classics, influential
I can not get enough of E.B White lately. His writing is simple, clear and so funny. He is my flavor-of-the-month right now and he's moving on up as one of my all time favorites. Here's an example:

' PROHIBITED
1/25/36
The plant-patent business is taking right hold, apparently. We know a man who received a birthday present of a nice little azalea. Tied around the azalea's stem, like a chastity belt, was a metal tag from Bobbink & Atkins, reading, "Asexual reproduction of this plant is illegal
...more
Fenixbird SandS
Aug 25, 2010 Fenixbird SandS marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: New Yorker's + their pals; historians
Recommended to Fenixbird by: Amazon
Quoting page 1: '"Thoroughly American and utterly beautiful," is how William Shawn, E. B. White's editor at the "New Yorker", described his prose. At the magazine White developed a pure, and plain-spoken literary style; his writing was characterized by wit, sophistication, optimism and moral steadfastness. For his contribution to American letters, Mr. White was awarded the National Medal for Literature, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. ...more
Josephine Ensign
Sep 11, 2015 Josephine Ensign rated it liked it
This was a good travel book for episodic, interrupted reading. I liked the 'Body and Mind' section the most. The New Yorker's policy that he write using the 'we' instead of 'I' makes for some insanely awkward passages.
Ryan
Jan 06, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it
I question Ive had about writing many times is, "How long should a piece be?" There are the traditional forms, essays, short stories, and novels, etc., however, what if what you have to say is a simple comment or observation that requires less than 500 words to do justice to? Is it worth writing at all?

This collection of short writings by E.B. White goes a long ways towards answering that. The vast majority of the writings in this book were used as filler, a few hundred words to fill space in th
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David Rugge
Oct 26, 2015 David Rugge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
There are many reasons I liked this book:
-It's a great time capsule of the 30's, 40's and 50's.
-The writing is consistently good
-Even if I'm not interested in the topic, the stories are short and easily skipped.
-The essay about Joseph McCarthy and Walden Pond is a classic.
Rozalyn
May 29, 2008 Rozalyn rated it really liked it
This gem my grandmother actually recommended to me and I love it. It's White like you've never read him before, but it's definitely not at all surprising or shocking. I think it's basically what you would expect his opinions and thoughts to be on everything from the weather to politics-- quite charming, and funny in a dry humor sort of way. I LOVE how he refers to himself in the 3rd person and I can't wait for the day when I am old enough, intelligent enough, or have just had my literary license ...more
Mike Violano
May 25, 2012 Mike Violano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I picked up this book 20 years ago but have never stopped reading or re-reading the articles. While some tell tales of times and places long ago many are as fresh and current as today. White is one of the truly great writers and his words (always well chosen) enchant and illuminate even when they are about the most ordinary things. If he were alive today, I suspect his blog would be the most widely read read and visited in the internet town.
Laura
Apr 04, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book straight through and enjoyed every second of it. I recommend buying it, so you can savor every essay and re-read the best of them again and again. I so wish that Mr. White were still alive and writing. I would love to hear what he makes of today's world. All of the wisdom and joy in living evident in his children's books also appears in his writings for adults.
Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh
Sep 25, 2011 Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh rated it it was amazing
I discovered this writer by accident, a pleasant wonderful reading accident. A small snippet was quoted and it led to this book.
He writes about everyday things, New York, the world. His words are an echo of the past but still relevant today.

This book ends with an Obit on JFK - but it is only one gem - in a book of treasures


Jennifer
Apr 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I loved this one ... as much as I love Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, I think I like White's writing for adults even more. This book is intelligent, funny, touching and makes you feel smarter and better for reading it. Nice bite sized articles perfect for coffee break or before bed. Very highly recommended!
Christopher Sutch
May 05, 2011 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it
These short pieces White did for the New Yorker are little capsules of his style, wit, humor and intelligence. My favorites were the piece in which he explains to an irate Sen. Joseph McCarthy why Thoreau was not un-American, and White's interview with a sparrow outside Central Park.
Tress Huntley
Jan 12, 2013 Tress Huntley rated it really liked it


What a great find this was! White was a sharp, witty guy. I even want to revisit Thoreau now, which is saying something. Looking forward to more essays.
Guy
Nov 28, 2010 Guy rated it liked it
I kept wanting to like this more than I did. Yes, there are a couple of excellent essays/articles, but overall, I found his writing to be ... hmmm .... boring.
Whitney Archibald
May 15, 2010 Whitney Archibald rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
Beautiful, pithy gems from one of my all-time favorite authors. I frequently laughed out loud, and annoyed many people by reading excerpts.
Nan
Aug 25, 2013 Nan rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Lovely, insightful, and very brief pieces from E.B. White, arranged by topic and chronology. The man can write.
Cj Rey
Nov 29, 2014 Cj Rey rated it it was amazing
Reading this is part of my quest to read everything EBW wrote.

I just love the way he writes.
Seamus Burke
Mar 23, 2013 Seamus Burke rated it it was amazing
EB White is the most original thinker and sharpest writer of the last century. Must read.
Louis
Great stuff. Funny. Quick. He helped define The New Yorker magazine's style.
Greg
Jun 27, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I came this for the Christmas Greetings and stayed for everything else.
Craig M.
Mar 20, 2011 Craig M. rated it really liked it
I recommend everyone take a dose of White everyday with breakfast.
Jeffrey
Jul 29, 2008 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Father's Day gift for reading at the Ozark cabin
Joslyn
Oct 01, 2008 Joslyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
reading e.b. white is always such a joy
FakePrufrock
Nov 12, 2013 FakePrufrock rated it it was amazing
图书馆难得初版初印 <3
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Elwyn Brooks White was a leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet and literary stylist and author of such beloved children's classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine. He authored over seventeen books of prose and poetry and was elected to t ...more
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