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Writings from The New Yorker 1927-1976

by E. B. White

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A collection of some of E. B. White's short pieces for The New Yorker, edited by Rebecca M. Dale. The short essays and comments have been divided into rough thematic sections (Nature, The Word, Thoreau, Liberty, Maine, One World, Body and Mind, Science, The Academic Life, Business, Curiosities and Inventions, Christmas Spirit, New York, Whims, and Endings and Farewells), and are organized basically chronologically within each section.

White's writing is as crisp and delightful here as in his other works, whether he's commenting on grammar, interviewing a sparrow, discussing the quirks of grandfather clocks, or memorializing a fallen friend. A book to dip into often. ( )
  JBD1 | Dec 24, 2012 |
Evocative, agreeable and just the weensiest bit precious. ( )
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Dec 1, 2012 |
Matchless ( )
  Faradaydon | Feb 15, 2012 |
See my review of this book in the april, 2008 edition of Open Letters Monthly Arts and Letters Review. http://openlettersmonthly.com/issue/april08-second-glance ( )
  kvanuska | Mar 31, 2008 |
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Even when comparing the essays that tackled the newsworthy events of his day we can see evidence of this change in White’s writing. Here is “Inimical Forces” (April 8, 1933) versus “Moon Landing” (July 26, 1969). Note that in the first essay White relies on Einstein’s words and two news items to carry the bulk of the essay’s message thus keeping the reader at a distance from the persecution of the Jews. In the second essay, White’s playful language draws us in to dance along with the astronauts and to see how stiff and awkward our flag looks. And while he ends this essay on a note of humor as he did in “Prohibited,” that note is played much more softly; in “Moon Landing” it feels as though White keeps the readers close, then chuckles with them, rather than staying at arms-length and forcing the laugh out of them.
 
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Three years after E. B. White's death, Rebecca Dale discovered a cache of his New Yorker writings that had yet to be collected. There's certainly nothing mediocre about these 161 pieces, which range from nature vignettes (a New York City sparrow extols urban life) to musings on language, business, and liberty. White's 1953 fantasia of visiting Thoreau's Walden Pond with Joseph McCarthy is peerless. "Wait a minute!" the senator realizes. "This man was Communist-inspired. That accounts for his sour attitude about housing--" The satire is strong, but so is the celebration. A short piece on a skating fest ends: "Ice is an odd substance to have at last freed the body in its persistent attempt to catch up with the spirit." And speaking of which, in "Fred On Space" White asks his dead dachshund how he feels about the first dog launched by the Russians. Fred is far from impressed: "The excuse you men give is that you must continually add to the store of human knowledge--a store that already resembles a supermarket and is beginning to hypnotize the customers."

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