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SOME WRITER! THE STORY OF E. B. WHITE by Melissa Sweet


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"!



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Dawn Simon
Dawn Simon
Jul 03, 2023

I bet you'll love it when you read it, Jessica! Thank you for commenting! :)

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Jessica Haight
Jessica Haight
Jul 03, 2023

I have this book- but haven't read it. I am glad to hear you liked it. Charlotte's Web is one of my all time faves. Thanks for sharing! Love the picture of the spider and web!


I had tried to comment a few months ago- but had trouble. I think I have it working now. :)

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