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- Publisher: HarperPerennial
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 25mm | 181g
- Publication date: 12 December 2006
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0060932236
- ISBN 13: 9780060932237
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 63,864
The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time.
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By Simon Halliday 02 Jun 2009
I have seldom come across a book of essays that I want to read, re-read and read yet again. E.B. White's collection left me wondering if I could ever construct a piece of writing, essay or otherwise, to compare to the worst (least good?) in this collection. I think it unlikely. His writing conjures clear and beautiful images. With detailed descriptions of sounds and moments he brings his experiences to the present, to the moment when you read the essay and find yourself immersed in New England, or New York, or Florida. I found so many quotes in the novel that I wrote down either in my journal or on scraps of paper, laughing all the while, intrigued and hoping I could find essays or articles into which I could insert his crystalline depictions of moments, sentiments, and behaviours. I cannot recommend this book enough: find it, read it, realise how your writing can improve having read it.
"The abiding spirit of these essays is humane, compassionate, traditionalistic. No matter what his subject, White always keeps his eye on the long view and the larger perspective. There are times when I feel his work is as much a national resource as the Liberty Bell, a call to the best and noblest in us." -- Jonathan Yardley, "San Francisco Examiner""Some of the finest examples of contemporary, genuinely American prose. White's style incorporates eloquence without affection, profundity without pomposity, and wit without frivolity or hostility. Like his predecessors Thoreau and Twain, White's creative, humane, and graceful perceptions are an education for the sensibilities." --" Washington Post""His voice rumbles with authority through sentences of surpassing grace. In his more than fifty years at "The New Yorker, " White set a standard of writerly craft for that supremely well-wrought magazine. In genial, perfectly poised essay after essay, he has wielded the English language with as much clarity and control as any American of his time." -- Baymond Sokolov, "Newsweek"