Essays of E.B. White

Essays of E.B. White

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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

The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time.

Selected by E.B. White himself, the essays in this volume span a lifetime of writing and a body of work without peer. I have chosen the ones that have amused me in the rereading, he writes in the Foreword, alone with a few that seemed to have the odor of durability clinging to them. These essays are incomparable; this is a volume to treasure and savor at one's leisure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135.38 x 202.69 x 23.62mm | 285.76g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060932236
  • 9780060932237
  • 33,682

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The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time.
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Review quote

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.--Raymond Sokolov, Newsweek
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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.show more
by Simon Halliday
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