The Story of Charlotte's Web
E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic
By Michael Sims
(Walker & Company, Paperback, 9780802778161, 307pp.)
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
List Price: $16.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.
While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed 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 as a child and adult. Painfully shy, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." It’s all the more impressive, therefore, how many people have felt a kinship with E. B. White.
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.