Originally edited by Dorothy Lobrano Guth, and revised and updated by Martha White Foreword by John Updike These letters are, of course, beautifully written but above all personal, precise, and honest. They evoke E.B. White's life in New York and in Maine at every stage of his life. They are full of memorable characters: White's family, the New ...
Originally edited by Dorothy Lobrano Guth, and revised and updated by Martha White Foreword by John Updike These letters are, of course, beautifully written but above all personal, precise, and honest. They evoke E.B. White's life in New York and in Maine at every stage of his life. They are full of memorable characters: White's family, the New Yorker staff and contributors, literary types and show business people, farmers from Maine and sophisticates from New York-Katherine S. White, Harold Ross, James Thurber, Alexander Woolcott, Groucho Marx, John Updike, and many, many more. Each decade has its own look and taste and feel. Places, too-from Belgrade (Maine) to Turtle Bay (NYC) to the S.S. Buford, Alaska-bound in 1923-are brought to life in White's descriptions. There is no other book of letters to compare with this; it is a book to treasure and savor at one's leisure. As White wrote in this book, "A man who publishes his letters becomes nudist-nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin....a man who has written a letter is stuck with it for all time."
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. One of an unspecified number of copies signed by White on a tipped-in leaf for Kroch's & Brentano's First Edition Circle. Collected and Edited by Dorothy Lobrano Guth. Full cloth with white lettering. Introduction by Guth. Author's Note by White. Index. Black and white illustrations. Kroch's and Brentano's First Edition Circle bookmark laid-in as issued. Cloth spine ends lightly pushed and one corner just tapped; dustjacket with chip on front panel topedge (sticker removal) but with unclipped front flap with printed price. Topedge of bookmark toned. Tight copy in Very Good condition in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
Very good condition. Very good condition (DJ) Octavo (8vo). Signed xvi, 686 pages of text including an index. Hardcover binding with minor to moderate sunning to the edges. The price-clipped dustjacket has a few tiny tears, minor shelfwear, and the spine lettering is a little browned from sunning; protected in archival mylar. Signed on a tipped-in leaf "EB White" with no further inscription. Included is a bookmark indicating that this was autographed for a member of The First Edition Circle. Minor shelfbump to the closed page edges. The text is clean and unmarked. Stated "First Edition" on the copyright page. First printing. Elwynn Brooks White (1899-1985).
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. 686 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Harper & Row, New York, 1976. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition 1st Printing. Signed by author E. B. White on blank page following free front end paper. Dust jacket price clipped with lightly worn edges else fine. Book is clean and tight. Signed by Author.
The creative genious of E.B. White is a gift that has been enjoyed by both children and adults for many years. In this collection of entertaining letters, White reaveals his concern as a family man, his work as editor of the New Yorker, and his creative process in penning his great works such as Charlotte's Web. Here is an American original, and the impression one retains from these letters is that here was a very good man, and artist who believed that one should work to the best of one's ability. I'ts too bad that this age of e-mail has pretty much killed the art of writing letters!
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