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The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White and the Birth of a Chil-Used


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Title: The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White and the Birth of a Child

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The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White and the Birth of a Children's Classic
`Excellent ... In Sims's own pleasant style, free of the academic theorising one fears in books about books, he tells us how a good man produced an unlikely work of greatness' --Weekly Standard`Sims's research is thorough, his own prose clear, direct and concise: the ultimate homage. His book is a lovely and empathetic testament to E.B. White's vision of "nature publishing herself"' --Washington Post`Sims recounts the wellsprings - familial, psychological, environmental, historical, educational, emotional and every other 'al' you can think of - about the little novel that tells how a spider named Charlotte saved a pig named Wilbur from being rendered into bacon. Mr. Sims, author and editor of many other books, does more than that. Besides providing a pocket biography of White, he explains what writing Charlotte's Web meant to the author and what reading it means to its young readers, things that are two sides of the same coin ... Mr. Sims' writing captures White's affection for his creatures and fits the mood of his subject nicely: `Flotillas of fat black coots ... Chittering squadrons of barn swallows.' ... Mr. Sims carefully documents White's creative process' ----Chicago Sun Times`Goes back to Zuckerman's farm' ----Vanity Fair`[Sims] explores White's encounters with frogs and field mice, rivers and lakes, stars and centipedes, to paint a portrait of the writer as a devoted naturalist - the 20th-century heir to Thoreau, perhaps. White once wrote of himself, "This boy felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." Examining White's regard for nature and animals, Sims unpacks the appeal of Charlotte's Web' ----Chloë Schama, SMITHSONIAN`The first section of the book is stunning, an almost novelistic recreation of the child Elwyn's imaginative world ... Sims' imaginative re-enactment of pivotal scenes in White's life is unconventional yet compelling ... grounding the drama in solid historical research ... Sims deftly handles the writing and publication of 'Charlotte's Web,' building thumbnail portraits of the legendary children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom and illustrator Garth Williams. But this biography is at its best in the barnyard, illuminating that "sacred space" E.B. White brought to life in his beloved children's book' ----Bookpage`I love the idea. It's by a writer I like named Michael Sims. It goes through the life of E. B. White as a naturalist. And it actually goes back into his notebooks and looks at the way he researched spiders to work out the life of Charlotte, and looks at the way he studied the natural world around the farm. . . . And it is really a lovely book.' ----Pulitzer-winning science writer Deborah Blum, on NPR'S Science Friday`An affectionate biography examines the birth of an American classic. Sims concentrates on White's lifelong love of the natural world ... The author avoids the often-irritating tendency of literary biographers to foreshadow portentously from early experiences, allowing readers to draw their own connections. His examination of the genesis and development of 'Charlotte's Web' ... will thrill lovers of the novel. Sims quotes generously from White's working drafts, which were constantly in revision from the beginning. Descriptions of these pages offer both a fascinating insight into the writing process and crushing refutation of any claim that writing for children is easy. Packed with the same kind of sensory detail its subject reveled in, this account is an honorable addition to the literature of letters' ----Kirkus Reviews`Tells the story of a shy author who "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people", and who, at 50, drew upon childhood memories of a stable in Mount Vernon, New York, to spin the iconic story of a spider who saved a pig' ----Vogue`Joy, mingled with wistfulness, is the charm of Michael Sims's splendid 'The Story of Charlotte's Web' ... A fine stylist, Mr. Sims portrays these scenes with a beauty and an economy of language that would make the co-author of The Elements of Style proud. He is a worthy disciple ... He sees the man in the boy, and the boy in the man ... Not only an engaging account of White's rise to literary prominence, through the New Yorker, but also his shyness, his awkwardness in love, his devotion to his wife, Katharine, and something else, something hard to identify but ever-present in the book, like the chirping of birds high in the trees at evening' ----Wall Street Journal`Built on revealing glimpses' ----USA Today`Sims gives White and his story a bright new light ... Beautifully written and researched, the book is well worth anyone's time, not just those already acquainted with 'Charlotte's Web and its author ... [I] recommend this book without reservations. Michael Sims' The Story of Charlotte's Web is not only for E. B. White fans and lovers of Charlotte's Web, but for anyone who enjoys a thoughtfully researched and written work of literary non-fiction' ----Huffington Post`Sims is uniquely qualified' ----Library Journal`Sims offers an affectionate homage to E. B. White and his enduring trio: a spunky farm girl, a smart spider, and a remarkable pig' ----Entertainment Weekly`Engaging, distilled, highly focused ... With clarity and lack of stuffiness worthy of his subject, Sims succinctly sums up Charlotte's Web's major themes ... Sims brings visceral attention to this beloved classic, highlighting its many joys' ----Barnes & Noble Review`In this immensely charming book, Michael Sims sketches White's life along with that of what is perhaps his most enduring creation, the children's classic Charlotte's Web ... Throughout Sims's book, another heroine emerges (besides Charlotte, of course): Katharine [White]. Both writers and pigs can be nervous about their place in the universe, not to mention their survival, and both need loving caretakers' --Boston Globe

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