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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

July 11th, 2002

In 1899, New Yorker writer E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (Charlotte’s Web, 1952) is born in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

E.B. White, b. July 11, 1899, d. 1985

whiteebElwyn Brooks White, for many years a New Yorker essayist, became a human textbook for writers, who tried to emulate his crisp, graceful style. His additions to William Strunk’s The Elements of Style, written fifty years ago, are still widely used in college composition classes. And his imperishable children’s classics are perennial bestsellers. Most of his books are still (or again) available, and you can dip in anywhere with complete confidence. Do not miss Here is New York, one of the best books on that intriguiging subject — but it’s all gold.

Suggested Reading Books & Essays Is Sex Necessary, 1929 (with James Thurber). Ho-hum: Newsbreaks from The New Yorker, 1931. Another Ho-hum, 1932. Every Day is Saturday, 1934. Quo vadimus, 1939. A Subtreasury of American Humor, 1941. One Man’s Meat, 1942. Here is New York, 1949. The Second Tree from the Corner, 1954. The Elements of Style, 1959 (with William Strunk, Jr.). The Points of My Compass, 1962. E.B. White Reader, 1966. Essays of E.B. White, 1977. Writings from The New Yorker, 1925-76, 1990. Poems The Lady is Cold, 1928. The Fox of Peapack and Other Poems, 1938. Letters Letters of E.B. White, 1976. Children’s books Stuart Little, 1945. Charlotte’s Web, 1952. The Trumpet of the Swan, 1970.

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