Letters and Essays of E.B. White
"Congratulations on your manly attempt to make me into a literary character," E. B. White wrote in a letter to his biographer. "It isn't going to work, but it makes great reading. I was in stitches much of the way, recalling my Early Ineptitude, my Early Sorrows, my Immaculate Romancing. What a mess I was! No wonder my father worried about me." After the biography was pub...more
At the beginning he tells of his adventures with a fellow Cornell graduate where they bought an old model T and traveled around the country getting jobs only when they ran out of money. When they were in Kentucky in 1922 they caught the horse-racing bug and decided to bet some money. White's travel companion, "Cush" (Howard Cushman) had done research and tried to fi ...more
But while reading it, there were many occasions on which I shook the entire bed (including do ...more
"Mr. Volente has just arrived at the train station in Manhattan, returning for a visit after years away. He is riding in a cab toward his hotel, on a steamy summer morning.
"New York is stretched in midsummer languor under her trees in her thinnest dress, idly and beautifully to the eyes of Mr. Volente, her lover. She lay this morning early in the arms of the heat, humorously and ind ...more
What a charming and pithy letter writer was Mr. White. I guess that's no surprise given that he became a co-author of the famous "Elements of Style" on just that subject.
I loved meeting his friends and family in this way, and learning his views. Despite enjoying a bevy of "litry" friends and several friends outside that realm a ...more
It does make one wish that a trip to the mailbox still mean ...more
At almost 700 pages, the ...more
Wonderful to look at our relatively recent history from his eyes, adventures.
It was like living a life vicariously, from his childhood to old age.
I had no idea he was such an outdoorsman.
The last few pages unbearable, knowing it meant the end of his remarkable life.
He has the most integrity of any writer I've come across, star ...more
In this book of letters that begins when he was eleven years old, it is possible to enjoy his personality and his writing style. ...more
He also was a fierce defender of the First Amendment. I felt like he was a valued friend by the end of th ...more
"they say it isn't hot, but the salt sticks and the windows stick and the air smells like factory exhaust. even the roaches have turned their feet up and lie on their backs, breathing heavily."