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Famous Writers on New York: Timeless Private Reflections from Diaries, Letters and Personal Essays
Famous Writers on New York: Timeless Private Reflections from Diaries, Letters and Personal Essays

Mark Twain, Susan Sontag, Simone de Beauvoir, E. B. White, Washington Irving, Anaïs Nin, Italo Calvino, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Joyce Carol Oates, and more.

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How to Tell Love from Lust: A Timeless 1929 Litmus Test from E.B. White and James Thurber
How to Tell Love from Lust: A Timeless 1929 Litmus Test from E.B. White and James Thurber

“By and large, love is easier to experience before it has been explained — easier and cleaner.”

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E.B. White on the Art of the Essay and Why Egotism Is Essential for the Essay Writer
E.B. White on the Art of the Essay and Why Egotism Is Essential for the Essay Writer

“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.”

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Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Susan Sontag, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship
Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Susan Sontag, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship

A century of conviction celebrating the freedom to read.

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E. B. White’s Only <em>New Yorker</em> Cover, April 23, 1932
E. B. White’s Only New Yorker Cover, April 23, 1932

‘I can’t draw or paint, but I was sick in bed…and I had nothing to occupy me, but I had a cover idea.’

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E. B. White’s Poignant and Playful Obituary for His Beloved Dog Daisy
E. B. White’s Poignant and Playful Obituary for His Beloved Dog Daisy

“She suffered from a chronic perplexity. … She died sniffing life, and enjoying it.”

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E. B. White’s Love Letter to His Wife on the Occasion of Her Pregnancy, “Written” by Their Dog
E. B. White’s Love Letter to His Wife on the Occasion of Her Pregnancy, “Written” by Their Dog

“White has been stewing around for two days now, a little bit worried because he is not sure that he has made you realize how glad he is that there is to be what the column writer in the Mirror calls a blessed event.”

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The Daily Routines of Great Writers
The Daily Routines of Great Writers

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

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The Family That Dwelt Apart: Lovely Vintage Animated Film Based on an E. B. White Short Story
The Family That Dwelt Apart: Lovely Vintage Animated Film Based on an E. B. White Short Story

Misadventures in happy isolation.

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E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer
E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”

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