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E. B. White [electronic resource] : the essayist as first-class writer /
G. Douglas Atkins.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
xvi, 172 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780230340664 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
9780230340664 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction -- Coming into White country -- E. B. White and the writing life : affirming life's newness and joy -- Of nature, Maine, and meaning : or, "The pageantry of peas" and the poetics of adversity -- Strange bedfellows and deconstruction of oppositions : the "Recording Secretary" speaks his mind on politics -- Postscript : looking for E.B. White -- Appendix : reading "Once more to the lake."
abstract
"This is the first book-length critical study of E. B. White, the American essayist and author of Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and coauthor of The Elements of Style. G. Douglas Atkins focuses on White and "the writing life", offering fresh, detailed readings of the major essays and revealing White's distinctiveness as an essayist due to his capacity for story-telling and his use of literary devices"--
catalogue key
8543070
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [156]-161) and index..
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
G. Douglas Atkins is a professor of English at the University of Kansas. He is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Reading T.S. Eliot. "FourQuartets" and the journey Towards Understanding, T.S. Eliot and the Essay, On the Familiar Essay. Challenging Academic Orthodoxies, and Literary Paths to Religious Understanding. Essays on Dryden, Pope, Keats, George Eliot, Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and E.B. White.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-12-01:
Atkins's latest book focuses on the essays of E. B. White, and those familiar with White's work in the essay genre will appreciate Atkins's allusions, anecdotes, and tone in treating his subject. The implications of the book, however, loom larger than White. Atkins (Univ. of Kansas) touches on the questions that trouble the genre and the place of the essay in the canon of American literature. The book has a roundabout, conversational tone, and a tendency toward repetition (Atkins invokes Thoreau's "call to dance" in several separate instances). Because of this, some chapters resemble a lecture by a professor who sometimes circles back to material that has been covered earlier in the semester. Indeed, Atkins confesses that the words of his own students were the impetus for the book. Brief personal reflections like this establish a particular brand of criticism, one that comes to resemble the very thing Atkins is focused on: the familiar essay. He navigates between plainly spoken, though at times opinionated, prose, and something more akin to traditional scholarship. In doing so, the very form of the book calls into question whether such distinctions even matter. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, general readers. E. McCourt Jacksonville University
Reviews
Review Quotes
'Atkins makes a case not only for the clarity and congeniality of E. B. White's writing, but for what is often overlooked, his complexity. White was not just an old curmudgeon messing about with rats and pigs and spiders on his Maine farm; he was a significant thinker who reflected many key perspectives of the twentieth century: the fear of nuclear war, the need for urbanites to simplify their lives and get back in touch with gardening, the hazards of racism, New York City and its complications, illness, politics, and death. Atkins develops all of these themes and more in his analysis of White. But more than the subject matter, Atkins also opens discussions of White's style: his strengths, and even some of his weaknesses as a writer.' Dr. Steven Faulkner, Longwood University
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This critical study of E.B. White, the American essayist and author, focuses on White and the writing life. It offers detailed readings of the major essays and reveals White's distinctiveness as an essayist.
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Long Description
This is the first book-length critical study of E. B. White, the American essayist and author of Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and co-author of The Elements of Style. G. Douglas Atkins focuses on White and 'the writing life', offering fresh, detailed readings of the major essays and revealing White's distinctiveness as an essayist through his capacity for story-telling and his use of literary devices.
Long Description
This is the first book-length critical study of E. B. White, the American essayist and author ofStuart Little,Charlotte's Web,The Trumpet of the Swan, and co-author ofThe Elements of Style. G. Douglas Atkins focuses on White and 'the writing life', offering fresh, detailed readings of the major essays and revealing White's distinctiveness as an essayist through his capacity for story-telling and his use of literary devices.
Library of Congress Summary
"This is the first book-length critical study of E. B. White, the American essayist and author of Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and coauthor of The Elements of Style. G. Douglas Atkins focuses on White and "the writing life", offering fresh, detailed readings of the major essays and revealing White's distinctiveness as an essayist due to his capacity for story-telling and his use of literary devices"--
Main Description
This is the first book-length critical study of E. B. White, the American essayist and author of the beloved 'Stuart Little' , 'Charlotte's Web' , and 'The Trumpet of the Swan' . Complementing 'On the Familiar Essay' , this book is intended for anyone interested in White, the essay, or the expansion of the canon of American literature. G. Douglas Atkins focuses on White and 'the writing life', offering fresh, detailed readings of the major essays and revealing White's distinctiveness as an essayist due to his capacity for story-telling and his use of literary devices.
Main Description
This is the first book-length critical study of E. B. White, the American essayist and author of the belovedStuart Little,Charlotte's Web, andThe Trumpet of the Swan. ComplementingOn the Familiar Essay, this book is intended for anyone interested in White, the essay, or the expansion of the canon of American literature. G. Douglas Atkins focuses on White and 'the writing life', offering fresh, detailed readings of the major essays and revealing White's distinctiveness as an essayist due to his capacity for story-telling and his use of literary devices.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Coming into White Countryp. 15
E. B. White and the Writing Life: Affirming Life's Newness and Joyp. 41
Of Nature, Maine, and Meaning: or "The Pageantry of Peas" and the Poetics of Adversityp. 79
Strange Bedfellows: The "Recording Secretary" and Deconstruction of Oppositionsp. 101
Postscript: Looking for E. B. Whitep. 123
Appendix: Reading "Once More to the Lake"p. 133
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 163
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