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 ...Read MoreOriginally 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."Read Less
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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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