To kick off the literary year, Younge House has undertaken a study of beloved author E.B. White. We enjoyed his children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web, and then delved into his other novels, Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan. Meanwhile in class, we are also reading other articles he has written, some on these works, as well as articles written about him, deepening our understanding of White’s life, motivations, and writing process. So what have we found out?
E.B. White was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on July 11, 1899. His father thought he was a lucky baby because he was born on the 11th day of the 7th month. He died on October 1, 1985 of Alzheimer’s disease.
His entire name was Elwyn Brooks White, but people called him “Andy” because the president of Cornell University was named Andrew White, and students with that last name earned the nickname.
He married Katharine White. They met while working at The New Yorker. They had one son named Joel.
E.B. White had a farm in Maine and raised animals, including pigs, on it.
He once found a spider, watched it form an egg sac, took both the spider and the egg sac home, and witnessed the birth of the baby spiders.
E.B. was the 6th child and youngest in his family. (Wilbur was also a “runt”.)
Our E.B. White fact board is certainly growing. Do you have any
facts for us to add?