Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
White, E B

(1899-1985) US humorist and essayist whose longtime contributions to The New Yorker included the Talk of the Town column. His best-known fantasies are for children. Stuart Little (1945) is about a tiny child, the size of a mouse, who, after various adventures, goes in search of a bird whose life he had previously saved. The story is amusing, but ends abruptly, as if EBW tired of it or intended a sequel. Charlotte's Web (1952) explores further friendships between animals when a Spider saves a pig's life through the messages she weaves in her web. This was filmed as the animated movie Charlotte's Web (1973). The Trumpet of the Swan (1970) is a Fable about how a mute swan learns to trumpet and becomes a celebrity. [MA]

Elwyn Brooks White


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.