Writings from the New Yorker : 1927-1976

by E. B. White

Hardcover, 1991




New York : HarperPerennial, 1991.


A delightful, witty, spirited collection of short pieces and essays by the inimitable E. B. White.

Media reviews

Even when comparing the essays that tackled the newsworthy events of his day we can see evidence of this change in White’s writing. Here is “Inimical Forces” (April 8, 1933) versus “Moon Landing” (July 26, 1969). Note that in the first essay White relies on Einstein’s words and two news items to carry the bulk of the essay’s message thus keeping the reader at a distance from the persecution of the Jews. In the second essay, White’s playful language draws us in to dance along with the astronauts and to see how stiff and awkward our flag looks. And while he ends this essay on a note of humor as he did in “Prohibited,” that note is played much more softly; in “Moon Landing” it feels as though White keeps the readers close, then chuckles with them, rather than staying at arms-length and forcing the laugh out of them.

User reviews

LibraryThing member SomeGuyInVirginia
Evocative, agreeable and just the weensiest bit precious.
LibraryThing member JBD1
A collection of some of E. B. White's short pieces for The New Yorker, edited by Rebecca M. Dale. The short essays and comments have been divided into rough thematic sections (Nature, The Word, Thoreau, Liberty, Maine, One World, Body and Mind, Science, The Academic Life, Business, Curiosities and Inventions, Christmas Spirit, New York, Whims, and Endings and Farewells), and are organized basically chronologically within each section.

White's writing is as crisp and delightful here as in his other works, whether he's commenting on grammar, interviewing a sparrow, discussing the quirks of grandfather clocks, or memorializing a fallen friend. A book to dip into often.
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