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In the Words of E. B. White


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A Note to the Reader Introduction: "A Simple and Sincere Account" E. B. White Chronology The Words of E. B. White Aging - Airplanes - Animals - Atomic Age - Automobiles - Autumn - Awards - Babies - Barns - Bees - Biography - Birds - Boats and Boating - Books - Cancer - Capitalism - Chickens - Childhood - Christmas - City Life - College - Commerce - Common Sense - Counsel - Country Life - Courage - Cows - Critics - Death - Democracy - Diplomacy - Disarmament - Dogs - Doom - Dreams - Education - Eggs - Elements of Style - Endorsements - English Usage - Entertainment - Equality - Faith - Family - Farming - Fatherhood - Fear - Freedom - Freedom of Speech - Friendship - Future - Gardening - Government - Grammar - Gratitude - Health - Home - Hope - House - Humor - Hypochondria - Junk Mail - Justice - Kennedy, John F. - Landscape - Language - Leisure - Letters - Liberty - Life - Literature - Love - Loyalty - Luck - Maine - Maine Speech - Marriage - Middle Age - Miracles - Moon - Morning - Nationalism - Nature - Newspapers - New York City - The New Yorker - Nothing - Passion - Peace - Photography - Poets and Poetry - Polls - Pollution - Possessions - Prejudice - Pseudonyms - Public Speaking - Quotations - Railroads - Rats - Reading - Religion - Ross, Harold - Sailing - Science - Sea - Seasons - Security - Sex - Skating - Society - Spelling - Spiders - Spring - Style - Summer - Symbolism - Taxes - Telephone - Television - Terror - Thoreau, Henry David - Thurber, James - Time War - Weather - Winter - Words - Work - Worry - Writing and Writers - Youth Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

Martha White is manager of White Literary LLC, the literary estate of E. B. White, and the editor of Letters of E. B. White. A freelance writer herself, she lives on the coast of Maine.


"E. B. White is one of those writers you are liable to meet again and again in the course of a reading life, each time wearing a different expression... Now all those Whites have been brought together in the pages of In the Words of E. B. White, an anthology of quotations edited by his granddaughter Martha White. In her introduction, Martha White offers an affectionate sketch of her grandfather's career, including her own memories of the 'lifelong sense of wonder' he brought to all his endeavors... In the Words of E. B. White offers a perfect introduction, or reintroduction, to a writer truly in the American grain."-Adam Kirsch, Barnes & Noble Review (27 December 2011) "Seasoned White fans will delight in this charming array of wit, and first-time readers are to be envied the pleasure of getting to know this remarkable writer. Highly recommended."-Choice "Quoting E. B. White is the easiest way I know of to fool people into thinking that I am perceptive, witty, and wise."-Peter Behrens, author of The Law of Dreams "Whether on sailing in Maine, on love, or the propriety of style, E. B. White had something elegant to say. But why read this blurb, when you can open any page of this collection as proof?"-Joseph Dane, author of Dogfish Memory: Sailing in Search of Old Maine "I can smell the pines and sea of Maine and feel there is honesty all around me. In a time flooded with meaningless noise, E. B. White provides elemental truths with humor and style. To paraphrase the man himself, I would really rather feel bad reading E. B. White, than feel good reading anyone else."-Maira Kalman, illustrator of The Elements of Style Illustrated and author of The Pursuit of Happiness "This is a valuable and delightful collection of quotations from the writings of E. B. White, certainly one of America's most distinctive and distinguished men of letters of the twentieth century."-Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, San Diego, author of Inventing English and Children's Literature: A Reader's History

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