The Life And Works Of E.B White

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I.Introduction Born as Elwyn Brooks White, E.B White was amongst the leading American literary stylist and essayist during his time. His stories have an array from satire to children’s stories. He was an ironic onlooker when it comes to writing but also showed his sensitivity as a spokesman when it comes to an individual’s freedom. He wrote a lot of essays and stories that capture the hearts of different genres.E.B. White once said that he was born on a lucky day, seven and eleven being lucky numbers (Elledge 10), but his life and works transcended over whatever luck that day might have brought, he became a principal American essayist, humorist and a stylist of literature. With a clear and graceful style he authored among others, through his vast range of writing abilities, children’s books Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web and the Trumpet of the Swan, which became classics in their own right.II.Body A.Biographical sketch He was born in the city of Mount Vernon in New York in the 11th of July 1899, to parents Samuel White and Jessie Hart White. He was the youngest in a large family that consist of two sisters and three brothers and that he was lucky in the sense that he was born at a time that his father was beginning to prosper (Elledge 12). His father, Samuel had quit school at a young age of 13 went to work at a piano firm in Manhattan, where learning other skills, he eventually improved his stature in life and prospered.In 1904, E.B. White was enrolled as a kindergarten in Public School 2 where he stayed until the eight grade. At 12 years of age, he wrote his first story “A Winter Walk” which was published by St. Nicolas Magazine in its June 1911 issue. In 1913, he entered Mount Vernon High School and graduated in 1918. White then joined the army as a private before entering Cornell University in 1918, and in between his studies as an English major, he also worked at the Cornell Daily Sun. By the year 1921, he already got his degree in Bachelor of Arts at the University.After graduating from college, White joined several news companies, including United Press, Seattle Times, etc. He also worked as an ad man briefly, before returning to New York in November of 1925 and eventually became a full time employee of the New Yorker and gave his heartfelt contributions for almost six decades. By 1927, he was in charge of the editorial page, Notes and Comments, “commenting on the week’s events in a manner none too serious” (Ward). Using the old editorial style of “we” his commentaries were on a wide variety of topics, from celebrity scandals to burials, which he presented in a detached but elegant manner.He became a columnist in the Harper’s Magazine as well. But it was in New Yorker that he met Katherine Angell, also an editor, and got married on November 13, 1929. They were blessed with a son they named Joel White.In 1938, he moved his family to a farm in North Brooklyn, Maine where his writing...

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