E. B. White
Books by E. B. White
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Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Linguist Geoff Nunberg doesn't enjoy everything about the English language. There are phrases that get on his nerves and words that he prefers not to use. And Nunberg says he's not the first person to have linguistic pet peeves — nor will he be the last.
The act of passing on a passion is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Book critic Maureen Corrigan promises that the books on this list — mostly slim, unforgettable volumes about places or things that the writers themselves deeply love — are merrily infectious.
In 1959, E.B. White published a revised copy of his former college professor's "little book" on writing. The Elements of Style, or "Strunk and White" as it's sometimes known, became an indispensable guide for writers. A new anniversary edition chronicles the making of a classic.
Letters of E.B. White collects the correspondence of the writer and his family. His stepson, New Yorker editor and author Roger Angell, says the letters reveal more about a "modest" and "exacting" writer who "wanted to get things right."
The Elements of Style, E.B. White and William Strunk's classic manual on writing and usage, can now be seen and heard. A new edition features illustrations by Maira Kalman, while composer Nico Muhly offers a musical adaptation.