Sunday, December 31, 2006

E. B. White

I agree with much of it [The Elements of Style], indeed with most of it, but I find some prescriptions rather arbitrary. The chapter entitled “Words and Expressions Commonly Misused” has much helpful advice, particularly on words or phrases that are hackneyed (factor, feature), bankrupt (meaningful; in the last analysis), redundant (a man who; character; nature), shaggy (nice), newfound (offputting, ongoing), feeble (one of the most…), unconvincing (interesting), pretentious (personalize), etc --Joseph A. Komonchak, Strunk and White, dotCommonweal, June 30, 2009, 4:40 pm

E(lwyn) B(rooks) White, Authors' Calendar, (2008) by Petri Liukkonen

E.B.'s web: White's words weave brilliant tapestry, by John Freeman, review of Letters of E.B. White: Revised Edition, originally edited by Dorothy Lobrano Guth, revised and updated by Martha White, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 31, 2006

Andy: For E. B. White’s readers and family, a sense of trust came easily, by Roger Angell, The New Yorker, February 14 and 21, 2005

Life & Times, The New York Times

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