E. B. White: Overview

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Author: Gerald Weales
Editor: Jim Kamp
Date: 1994
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 528 words

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In an editorial headnote in Letters, E. B. White refers to the "squibs and poems" that he began submitting to the New Yorker shortly after it was founded in 1925. He joined the staff of the magazine two years later and retained a real, if sometimes tenuous, connection with it for the rest of his writing life. His poems are conventional light verse, rather weak examples of a genre that tends toward wry sentiment, easy irony, and even easier rhyme. His important literary work is the care and feeding of the "squib," its transformation from fragile sketch to full-bodied essay. One of the tools in effecting that change was the discipline involved in writing the unsigned editorials, the "Notes and Comments" that he once called "my weekly sermon," samples of which have...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1420008562