E.B. White

E.B. White

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Robert Root explores the milieu in which White began writing the qNotes and Commentsq section of the New Yorker and puts in perspective the influence of popular qcolyumistsq like Don Marquis and Christopher Morley on the tone and form of White's work as a qparagrapher.q He examines White's persistent disaffection with the demands and limitations inherent in his qCommentq pieces for the New Yorker and his experiences as a columnist for Harper's Magazine, where his qOne Man's Meatq feature produced his most enduring essay, qOnce More to the Lake, q and took the segmented column form to new levels of accomplishment. Drawing on White's manuscripts, Root's literary analysis of early drafts demonstrates how unique White's essays were.The emphasis that Morley places on the current state of the essay and his insistence on locating it in aquot;the daily or weekly pressaquot; are ... Many of the columnists of the period did not simply fill their columns with essays but rather included essays among the components of their columns. ... works, even if some have the sort of Roman- numerated sections typical of longer and more argumentative essays andanbsp;...

Title:E.B. White
Author: Robert L. Root
Publisher:University of Iowa Press - 1999

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