Poems and Sketches of E.B. White

Copyright 1981
Checked out 2 times in 29 years
Last checked out 29 years ago

E.B White is justifiably known for two things: Charlotte’s Web and his essays. Somehow people knew to avoid his poetry. It rhymes, yes, but its meter is very mechanical, making the poems sound stilted. They do carry his sense of humor but he’s no Ogden Nash. The real treasures in this book are the sketches that take second place in the title. A thinner book of them alone would probably have garnered more interest. But that’s sheer speculation. What we know for certain is that the only person interested in E.B. White’s poetry checked out this book when it first came out and hasn’t seen fit to revisit it since. Let it go.


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