Annotated Charlotte's Web
Publication Date: January 1997
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When it was first published in 1994, The New York Times said: "The Annotated Charlotte's Web, a big, handsome facsimile of E. B. White's book, accompanied by Peter F. Neumeyer's notes and critical commentary, is just the right match of form and function. It is a conversation between the part of us that always reads for pure pleasure and the part that learned to read for intellectual enlightenment". More and more critical acclaim followed this comprehensive exploration of one of literature's best-loved classics. The Annotated Charlotte's Web includes information from White's original drafts, cross-references, letters, criticism, and literary-cultural commentary. For over forty years this great American novel has thrived without annotation. Now, however, these selected insights can bring us closer to the book's author, enrich our reading of the book itself, and shed a measure of light on the artistic process.