Thursday, July 9, 2015

Celebrating E.B. White

E.B. White (1899-1985) was born 116 years ago this 
week.  A longtime contributor to The New Yorker and 
editor of The Elements of Style (popularly known as 
Strunk & White), White is perhaps best known as the 
author of several classic children's books (including 
Stuart LittleCharlotte's Web, and The Trumpet of the 
Swan).  Image courtesy of Lapham's Quarterly.
This week we celebrate the 116th anniversary of the birth of essayist, author, and literary stylist E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, born July 11, 1899.   

Educated at Cornell University, White began his career as a contributor to The New Yorker magazine.  His first children's book, Stuart Little, was published in 1945, followed by Charlotte's Web in 1952 and The Trumpet of the Swan in 1970.  In 1959 White edited and updated the renowned The Elements of Style (popularly known as Strunk & White), an English language style guide.  

White was the recipient of a Newbery Honor Book (1953) for Charlotte’s Web; a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association (1970) for "a substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature"; and other awards and honors.  White, E(lwyn) B(rooks) (1899-1985) and White, E. B.

Numerous books by and about E.B. White--including Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan--are available through the TWU Libraries, many in the Children's Collection on the Garden Level of the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library.  See a complete list of titles here.

The Children's Collection of the TWU Libraries--a collection of illustrated children’s books, original artwork and teen literature in English and other languages--supports the TWU School of Library & Information Sciences; the Department of Teacher Education; and art students from the College Arts & Sciences.  The collection also serves as a resource for the children of students and faculty and staff members at TWU.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris

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