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E.B. White Books, Essays & Biography

Danielle Zoeller, Natarielle Powell
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    Danielle Zoeller

    Dani Zoeller is a freelance writer and has taught 5th-8th grade Language Arts for 11 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in English from Northen Illinois University.

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    Natarielle Powell

    I am a native Georgian with over 10 years experience in writing, publishing, and mentoring. Before becoming a English instructor and content creator, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Composition from Spelman College and later a master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Phoenix.

Learn about writer and journalist E.B. White, his influences, and his impact on literature. See a list of E.B. White books and essays, such as Charlotte’s Web. Updated: 12/06/2021

Who is E.B. White?

E.B. White was a writer in the 20th century. Most readers know White for his contribution to children's literature. He also wrote quite a bit of work for The New Yorker, a literary magazine with fiction and literary nonfiction essays and poetry.

An Imaginative Life: E.B. White

Real life is only one kind of life--there is also the life of the imagination. It is no surprise that E.B. White would feel this way, seeing as he expressed his vivid imagination by giving the world an interesting spider named Charlotte and a clever mouse named Stuart, both of whom the world will never forget!

The man himself
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The initials E.B. stood for Elwyn Brooks. Elwyn Brooks White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. He used the initials for his first and middle name because he did not like them. He studied at Cornell University. While he was there, his friends called him Andy, and he took a liking to that.

In 1921, White graduated from Cornell University. He was the editor of his college newspaper, so naturally, he would looked for a career in the same field. He worked for multiple papers, including the Seattle Times and the United Press. In 1927, White took a position as a writer and contributing editor for The New Yorker and worked there for a very long time.

In 1929, White married a young lady by the name of Katharine, also a writer and editor at the The New Yorker. She had two children (Roger and Nancy), and they had one son together (Joel).

E.B. White's Biography

Commonly known by E.B. White, the E.B. stands for Elwyn Brooks. Born July 11, 1899, in Mount Vernon, New York, White was the sixth child (three sisters and two brothers) to Samuel Tilly White and Jessie Hart. Samuel White was a piano manufacturer, and the Whites were well off and comfortable, but they were not extremely wealthy.

E.B. White's Education and Influences

White attending college at Cornell University, E.B. White became known as "Andy." He used this nickname for the rest of his life. At Cornell, White was the university newspaper's editor, so when he graduated in 1921, it seemed only natural to begin a career as a journalist.

E.B. White's Early Career


Original cover of The New Yorker

Cover of The New Yorker


Initially, he worked for the Seattle Times from 1922 to 1923. After that, we worked as a production assistant and copywriter for the Frank Seaman advertising company for two years. He had several poems published during this time with Franklin Adams in "The Conning Tower" column before beginning his work with the prestigious magazine The New Yorker in 1925 with the article "Defence of the Bronx River." White's connection with The New Yorker continued throughout his life. While he worked with The New Yorker, White worked on other projects as well. For example, in 1929, he worked with James Thurber, another New Yorker write, to pen the satirical piece Is Sex Necessary? Or, Why You Feel the Way You Do.The same year, he published a poetry collection called The Lady Is Cold.

E.B. White's Later Career

E.B. White's published his first book for children in 1945. This novel, Stuart Little, recounts the adventures of a mouse who lives with his (somehow human) family in New York City. Next, he published Charlotte's Webb in 1952. His most famous work, this tale shares the friendship between a spider named Charlotte and Wilbur, a pig. Finally, white published The Trumpet of the Swan, his third children's book, in 1970 and filled it up with a book of essays in 1977.

E.B. White's Personal Life and Late Life

White met Katherine Sergeant Angell (an editor at The New Yorker) while working at The New Yorker and the pair married in 1929, and the two had a son, Joel White. Joel became a shipbuilder, naval architect, and shipyard owner in Brooklin, Maine. Katherine also had a son from her first marriage named Roger Angell. Angell became the long-time fiction editor for The New Yorker and the magazine's baseball writer. White and his family spent most of their time at his family's Maine farmhouse. Here, White first got the spark of inspiration for Charlotte's Web when he spotted a spider creating her egg sac in the family barn.

White died at his home in North Brooklin, Maine, on October 1, 1985, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

E.B. White's Literary Style and Publications

White was well known for his concise, well-written prose. A long-time contributor for The New Yorker, he wrote essays throughout his life and, at the bequest of his niece, Janice Hart White, began writing children's novels in 1945.

E.B. White Books


Charlotte is the name of the spider in the the classic story from E.B. White.

A Spider and Web


Though the number of children's books White wrote were fewer than the number of essays he wrote, White is best known for his contributions to children's literature:

  • (1945) Stuart Little
  • (1952) Charlotte's Web
  • (1954) The Second Tree from the Corner
  • (1970) The Trumpet of the Swan

E.B. White Essays

Though White is best known for his contributions to children's literature, he also wrote for adults. Some of his articles and collections of articles include:

A young E. B. White and his dog
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Children's Books

E.B. White is perhaps best known for introducing the world to a comical spider and pig duo that are featured in the children's book, Charlotte's Web. In 1952, we came to know the spider, Charlotte, and the pig, Wilbur, and their unique friendship. However, this was not White's first published children's story.

In 1945, White published the children's book, Stuart Little. This tale of a mouse living as a member of the family became a classic. Later on, in 1970, E. B. White came out with another children's book called The Trumpet of the Swan. Both Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little would later be made into movies for children and families.

Poetry, Essays, and Other Writing

Although he was gifted in writing children's literature, White proved that he could also hold his own in other areas of writing as well. In 1938, he published a collection of poetry entitled, The Fox of Peapack, and Other Poems. He published The Second Tree from the Corner in 1954.

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An Imaginative Life: E.B. White

Real life is only one kind of life--there is also the life of the imagination. It is no surprise that E.B. White would feel this way, seeing as he expressed his vivid imagination by giving the world an interesting spider named Charlotte and a clever mouse named Stuart, both of whom the world will never forget!

The man himself
e b  white

The initials E.B. stood for Elwyn Brooks. Elwyn Brooks White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. He used the initials for his first and middle name because he did not like them. He studied at Cornell University. While he was there, his friends called him Andy, and he took a liking to that.

In 1921, White graduated from Cornell University. He was the editor of his college newspaper, so naturally, he would looked for a career in the same field. He worked for multiple papers, including the Seattle Times and the United Press. In 1927, White took a position as a writer and contributing editor for The New Yorker and worked there for a very long time.

In 1929, White married a young lady by the name of Katharine, also a writer and editor at the The New Yorker. She had two children (Roger and Nancy), and they had one son together (Joel).

A young E. B. White and his dog
white

Children's Books

E.B. White is perhaps best known for introducing the world to a comical spider and pig duo that are featured in the children's book, Charlotte's Web. In 1952, we came to know the spider, Charlotte, and the pig, Wilbur, and their unique friendship. However, this was not White's first published children's story.

In 1945, White published the children's book, Stuart Little. This tale of a mouse living as a member of the family became a classic. Later on, in 1970, E. B. White came out with another children's book called The Trumpet of the Swan. Both Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little would later be made into movies for children and families.

Poetry, Essays, and Other Writing

Although he was gifted in writing children's literature, White proved that he could also hold his own in other areas of writing as well. In 1938, he published a collection of poetry entitled, The Fox of Peapack, and Other Poems. He published The Second Tree from the Corner in 1954.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many books did E.B. White write?

E.B. White published novels and collections of essays as books. However, he only published four actual novels in his lifetime.

What is E.B. White's real name?

E.B. stands for Elwyn Brooks. This makes E.B. White's full name Elwyn Brooks White. He acquired the nickname of "Andy" in college, however.

What is E.B. White's most popular book?

E.B. White got his start writing essays. However, he is best remembered for his children's novels. Charlotte's Web is his most popular novel.

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