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Essays of E.B. White

White, E. B. (Book - 1999 )
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Essays of E.B. White
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The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time, E. B. White.
Authors: White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985
Uniform Title: Essays
Title: Essays of E.B. White
Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 1999
Edition: 1st Perennial Classics ed
Characteristics: xi, 364 p. :,port. ;,21 cm
Contents: The farm
Good-bye to Forty-eighth street
Home-coming
A report in spring
Death of a pig
The eye of Edna
Coon tree
A report in January
The winter of the great snows
Riposte
The geese
The planet
Letter from the east
Bedfellows
Sootfall and fallout
Unity
The city
The world of tomorrow
Here is New York
Florida
On a Florida key
The ring of time
What do our hearts treasure?
Memories
Afternoon of an American boy
Farewell, my lovely!
The years of wonder
Once more to the lake
Diversions and obsessions
The sea and the wind that blows
The railroad
Books, men, and writing
The St. Nicholas league
A slight sound at evening
Some remarks on humor
Don Marquis
Will Strunk
Mr. Forbush's friends
About E. B. White
Summary: The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time, E. B. White.
ISBN: 9780060932237
0060932236
Statement of Responsibility: E.B. White
Subject Headings: American essays 20th century
Topical Term: American essays
LCCN: 98056019
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May 28, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've loved E.B. White since I was a kid, and his book of essays has been on my list for several years. I expected to love them all, and did find something delightful in just about every one. However, while some essays are timeless, with themes that have direct correlations to political problems today, others seemed dated, particularly in the section entitled "The Planet." (Though being dated wasn't always a bad thing, like in "The World of Tomorrow," about the 1939 World's Fair and the Fair's vision of 1960's America. Reading it almost 75 years after the Fair, and over 50 years past "the future" was a hoot and a half.) But he is still E.B. White, and I still love him. His writing is top notch, the imagery is charming, and he finds poignant meaning in everything from a goose past his prime to a return trip to a childhood vacation spot. My favorite was "The St. Nicholas League."

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