Becky Dale and E. B. White

Becky Dale, a Virginia FOIA savant who wears the Bacon’s colors and writes out of this stable, rounded up–as an independent study project–a collection of E. B. White’s New Yorker pieces while completing her MA in English at VCU. The collection was published by HarperCollins in 1990 as ‘E. B. White: Writings from the New Yorker 1925-76.’ So yesterday, I get home to find this week’s New Yorker, the 90th anniversay issue, and therein a splendid profile on White by his step-son Roger Angell–a long-time New Yorker scribe himself. White wrote mostly short stuff and children’s books–notably ‘Charlotte’s Web’–but is probably best known as the re-write genius of William Strunk’s ‘The Elements of Style,’ famously referred to now by devotees as simply ‘Strunk and White.’ It is to simple, declarative, active-voice writing what the Old Testament is to the Bible. A slender volume–I’d guess less than a hundred pages–it has been a whiskey-drinking-frame-of-mind companion to me for 35 years.


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  1. Will Vehrs Avatar

    Barnie, thanks for the pointer! I read the New Yorker for the cartoons … glanced at the article in bed last night and promised I’d come back to it. Now I definitely will ….

  2. Becky Dale Avatar

    Here’s the link to the New Yorker article on White:
    http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact

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