February 19, 2018

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A Sneak Peek at Melissa Sweet’s Splendid Biography of E.B. White


Elwyn Brooks White began his lifelong love affair with words at an early age. He published poems and stories while still a boy and went on to write cartoon captions, essays, reportorial pieces, and a great many letters, mainly on his manual typewriter, always with a dog or two by his side. Probably best known as a decades-long contributor to The New Yorker and the author of classic children’s books Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, White also famously revised and expanded The Elements of Style, originally written by William Strunk Jr., his English professor at Cornell. Author, artist, and fellow Mainer Melissa Sweet brings White’s vivacious personality to life for young readers and covers his 86 years in her 176-page biography. She shares many of his words and ideas and riffs on them in her glorious full-color collage artwork. Sweet includes loads of photographs, sketches, and family realia for readers to pore over and appreciate. Publishing in October 2016, Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White is bound to be one of the biggest books of the fall season; we are thrilled to share these engaging snippets with our readers.

Illustrations ©2016 from Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet.
Used with permission from HMH.


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Luann Toth (ltoth@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor of SLJ Reviews. A public librarian by training, she has been reviewing books for a quarter of a century and continues to be fascinated by the constantly evolving, ever-expanding world of publishing.

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  1. Traci Sorell says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the sneak peek, SLJ!