Black and white photograph of E. B. White sitting at his typewriter with his dachshund.

E.B. White

(1899 - 1985)

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1899, E.B. White joined the staff of an upstart magazine called The New Yorker in 1926. The fiction editor, his future wife Katharine Angell, recommended him for the position. In 1933 the couple bought a forty-acre farm near North Brooklin, Maine. White published Stuart Little in 1945 Charlotte’s Web in 1952; and a revised version of The Elements of Style, written by one of his former Cornell University professors, William Strunk Jr., in 1959. He died at the age of eighty-six in 1985 at his farm in Maine.

All Writing

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.

—E.B. White, 1944

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

—E.B. White, 1958

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

—E.B. White, 1944

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