The story of Charlotte's Web : E. B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic
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Published:
New York : Walker & Co., 2011.
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Book
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307 pages : ill. ; 22 cm.
Status:
Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction
818.52092 W5836s
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818.52092 W5836s
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In The Story of Charlotte's Web Michael Sims's shows how E. B. White solved what critic Clifton Fadiman once called "the standing problem of the juvenile-fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole." By mining the raw ore of his childhood in Mount Vernon, New York, in the first decade of the twentieth century, White translated his own passions and contradictions, delights and fears, into a book that would be read the world over. Building on a visit to White's farm in Maine, viewing his handwritten first draft of Charlotte's Web , Michael Sims chronicles White's animal-rich childhood, his writing about urban nature for the New Yorker, his scientific research into how spiders spin webs and lay eggs, his friendship with his legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, the composition and publication of his masterpiece, and his ongoing quest to recapture an enchanted childhood.

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ISBN:
9780802777546, 0802777546
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Includes bibliographic references and index.
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As he was composing what was to become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White was obeying that oft repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats, White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours. Painfully shy his entire life, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." It is all the more impressive, therefore, how many people have felt a kinship with E. B. White. With Charlotte's Web, which has gone on to sell more than 45 million copies, the man William Shawn called "the most companionable of writers" lodged his own character, the avuncular author, into the hearts of generations of readers. In this book the author shows how White solved what critic Clifton Fadiman once called "the standing problem of the juvenile fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole" by mining the raw ore of his childhood friendship with animals in Mount Vernon, New York, translating his own passions and contradictions, delights and fears, into an all time classic. Blending White's correspondence with the likes of Ursula Nordstrom, James Thurber, and Harold Ross, the E. B. White papers at Cornell, and the archives of HarperCollins and the New Yorker into his own narrative, the author brings to life the shy boy whose animal stories, real and imaginery, made him famous around the world.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Sims, M. (2011). The story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic. New York: Walker & Co.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Sims, Michael, 1958-. 2011. The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic. New York: Walker & Co.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Sims, Michael, 1958-, The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic. New York: Walker & Co, 2011.

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Sims, Michael. The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic. New York: Walker & Co, 2011. Print.

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