EB White biography

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Elwyn Brooks White was born on 11th July 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921, then travelled about trying many sorts of jobs, and finally joined the New Yorker magazine. He kept animals on his farm in Maine, and some of these creatures crept into his stories and books. In 1970 Mr. White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given every five years for distinguished services to children’s literature by the American Library Association. In 1978 he was awarded an honorary Pulizer Prize for his work as a whole. Married to Katherine White, author of ‘Onward and Upward in the garden’ he was also father to Joel White After a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease EB Whiite died on the 1st of October 1985 at home in his farm house.

A quote from EB White:
"People are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust."

EB White books reviewed

EB White bibliography

  • Stuart Little
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Trumpet of the Swan

Critical acclaim

Charlotte's Web

‘An outstanding book for young children’ - The Times Literary Supplement

One of the best selling children’s books in publishing history; Charlotte’s Web continues to possess a magical freshness… The most remarkable achievement of the story lies in E.B. White’s ability to show how life comes from death’ - Guardian