E.B. White (1899–1985) was the youngest of six children, born in Mount Vernon, New York. He attended Cornell University, where he earned his lifelong nickname, Andy. He worked as a reporter and a copywriter before being recommended for a job at the newly founded New Yorker
by the fiction editor Katharine Angell, who had read his submissions to the magazine. White became a regular contributor to The New Yorker
in 1927, writing essays known for their humor and honesty. He was the author of three beloved children’s books, Stuart Little
(1945), Charlotte’s Web
(1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan
(1970), and the co-author of Elements of Style
(1959) with his former professor William Strunk Jr. In 1971 he received the National Medal for Literature. His masterful Here Is New York
, considered one of the ten best books ever written about New York City, is available from The Little Bookroom.