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Letters of E.B. White by E.B. White
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Nov 06, 2008

it was amazing
Read in October, 2008

I've never read a collection of letters, straight through, from cover to cover, before. I loved this book, for its wit, wisdom, and language. White's wry humor and his lively, thoughtful, descriptive letters were individually interesting, but the sweep of the letters, from youth to old age, chronicled an entire life, and most of the twentieth century. I found the experience of reading this book both comforting and warming, and also sad. Even ironic humor can't withstand the march of time. I'm now reading White's collected essays, and I wish I'd read both the Letters and the Essays while I was still teaching Thoreau, as White's retreat to the woods is grounded in much the same longing for a close connection to nature and to the transcendent as Thoreau's was. And White's much funnier!

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