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One Man's Meat by E.B. White
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Jan 29, 2012

it was amazing
Read from February 28 to June 16, 2012

For those E.B. White readers who have thus far limited their reading enjoyment to his children’s classics, One Man’s Meat presents a perfect bridge to the author’s legacy of non-fiction writing. Spanning from July of 1938 to January of 1943, the 50+ short essays contained in this volume chronicle the author’s back-breaking “retreat” from the literary circles of Manhattan to a farming life in the country. As these entries straddle “pre-war” and “at war” periods in American history, the author’s humorous tales from the farm are interspersed with rather serious musings. These tend to reference topics which continue to inspire debate today, nearly 70 years later: preemptive war, freedom of speech, the role of artists and writers during wartime, education, capitalism vs. socialism, patriotism vs. nationalism, property rights vs. land stewardship, city culture vs. country virtues. If we swap out the dates and the name of the war, we are left with a fantastic account of today’s most pressing issues, coupled with meaningful insights from one of America’s finest (and perhaps most undersung) 20th century authors.

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