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E. B. White

Writer E. B. White

Full Name: Elwyn Brooks White
Profession: Writer

United States of America

Biography: The author of such children's classics as "Charlotte's Web" (1952) and "Stuart Little" (1945), White was also an influential writer for "The New Yorker" magazine for almost six decades.

In 1959 White was commissioned to update William Strunk Jr.'s "The Elements of Style" and it became a standard work.

White won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970 and a special Pulitzer Prize for his body of work in 1978.

Born: July 11, 1899
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: October 1, 1985 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease

Married Life

  • 1929-11-13 American writer E. B. White (30) weds literary editor Katharine Angell (37)

Historical Events

  • 1952-10-15 "Charlotte's Web" by E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams is published by Harper & Brothers
  • 1963-12-06 President Lyndon B. Johnson confers Presidential Medal of Freedom on 31 recipients selected by JFK, including: contralto Marian Anderson; diplomat Ralph Bunche; cellist Pablo Casals; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; labor leader George Meaney; architect Mies van der Rohe; pianist Rudolf Serkin; writers E.B. White and Thorton Wilder; and painter Andrew Wyeth; as well as posthumously to JFK himself, and Pope John XXIII

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