Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985) was an American essayist, author and noted prose stylist. He is most famous today for his writers' style guide The Elements of Style and for three children's books considered to be classics of the field. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, he graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1921. He started working for The New Yorker magazine in 1927. This made his fame for the next few decades, as he produced a long series of essays for them that were widely read as the magazine grew in influence. In the late 1930s he turned his hand to children's fiction. His first children's book Stuart Little was published in 1945, and Charlotte's Web appeared in 1952. Both where highly acclaimed, and in 1970 they jointly won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, a major prize in the field of children's literature. In 1978, he was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his work as a whole. Other awards he received include a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, and memberships in a variety of literary societies throughout the United States.


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