(1899 - 1985) American novelist and essayist. b. Mount Vernon
, New York
. BA Cornell University
1921. Recipient of a 1978 Pulitzer Prize
. The EB stands for Elwyn Brooks.
White started out as an essayist at the New Yorker in 1929, and wrote there during one of its most influential periods, when writers such as James Thurber and Dorothy Parker were among his colleagues. His New Yorker essays are sharp, concise accounts of life in the city, following his later advice from the Elements of Style to a T.
White studied under William Strunk, Jr. at Cornell, and it was Strunk's original course material that White republished as the Elements of Style. His advice there boils down to two things: write concisely and write correctly.
Is Sex Necessary?, 1929 with James Thurber
Stuart Little, 1945
Here is New York, 1949
Charlotte's Web, 1952
The Elements of Style, 1959
The Trumpet of the Swan, 1970