Afterword by Martha White
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
pub date: October 4, 2016
Charlotte's Web was THAT book for me, the one that made me want to be an author. I think I was in second grade when I read it. The Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little, also by E. B. White, each buoyed my dream, followed by Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Walter Farley's Black Stallion series--and the list went on. But Charlotte's Web sparked it.
Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet is such a treat to read, and it's a truly beautiful book. Sweet's collages with quotes typed with a typewriter, sketches by Garth Williams, photos of White and his family, copies of White's handwritten manuscript pages--it all gives an in-depth look at E. B. White and his work, family, and inspirations. I also enjoyed the afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter.
While I never had the privilege to know E. B. White, this made me feel I almost knew him--well, this after reading and loving his books. I think Charlotte herself would say this biography is "terrific"!