Meet the Author

E. B. White

Portrait of E. B. White

E. B. White was born in 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. He served in the army before going to Cornell University. There he wrote for the college newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. His full name was Elwyn Brooks White, but people at the newspaper began calling him "Andy," and the name stuck. After he graduated, he worked as a reporter. In 1927 he became a writer for The New Yorker magazine, where he became well known. He wrote a column for Harper's magazine from 1938 to 1943.

White's career had already brought him much fame, but he was about to try something new. His nieces and nephews always asked him to tell them stories, so he began writing his own tales to read to them. In 1945 he started publishing these stories as books. All three are now considered classics of children's literature.

In 1957 White moved to North Brooklin, Maine, with his wife, Katharine. There he continued to write. White died in 1985.


When E. B. White was young, every child in his school had to give a speech or recite a poem. White worried about this assignment all year long. He was so embarrassed to speak in public that whenever he was asked to speak, he would write a speech and have someone else read it aloud.


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Other Books Written by E. B. White

  • Stuart Little
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  • The Trumpet of the Swan
    (illustrated by Edward Frascino)