E. B. White on Dogs by E.B. White

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Oh, it is nice to hear White’s dry voice again, and to have these fine dogs live once more.
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E. B. White (1899 1985) is best known for his children's books, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. Columnist for The New Yorker for over half a century and co-author of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, White hit his stride as an American literary icon when he began publishing his 'One Man's Meat' columns from his saltwater farm on the coast of Maine.

In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White's various canine companions. Featured here are favorite essays such as 'Two Letters, Both Open,' where White takes on the Internal Revenue Service, and also 'Bedfellows,' with its 'fraudulent reports'; from White's ignoble old dachshund, Fred. ('I just saw an eagle go by. It was carrying a baby.') From The New Yorker's 'The Talk of the Town' are some little-known Notes and Comment pieces covering dog shows, sled dog races, and the trials and tribulations of city canines, chief among them a Scotty called Daisy who was kicked out of Schrafft's, arrested, and later run down by a Yellow Cab, prompting The New Yorker to run her 'Obituary.' Some previously unpublished photographs from the E. B. White Estate show the family dogs, from the first collie, to various labs, Scotties, dachshunds, half-breeds, and mutts, all well-loved.

This is a book for readers and writers who recognize a good sentence and a masterful turn of a phrase; for E. B. White fans looking for more from their favorite author; and for dog lovers who may not have discovered the wit, style, and compassion of this most distinguished of American essayists.

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Martha White, granddaughter of E. B. White and manager of White Literary LLC, edited the updated Letters of E. B. White (HarperCollins, 2006), as well as In the Words of E.B. White: Quotations from America's Most Companionable of Writers (Cornell University Press, 2011). As a contributing writer and editor to Yankee Magazine's Old Farmer's Almanac, White wrote two weekly syndicated columns and was the author of Traditional Home Remedies (Time-Life, 1997). Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Country Journal, Down East, Early American Life, Family Circle, Garden Design, and many other publications.
Published March 25, 2013 by Tilbury House Publishers. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Danny Heitman on Apr 12 2013

Fred shines as the obvious star of this collection, although he was just one of many dogs White would own over the years.

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Star Tribune

Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on May 18 2013

Oh, it is nice to hear White’s dry voice again, and to have these fine dogs live once more.

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Reviewed by John Taylor and John M. Taylor on May 22 2013

Admirers of E.B. White will enjoy revisiting his graceful prose.

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