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October 15, 2012

E. B. White’s “Hymn to the Barn”

E. B. White           (1899 – 1985)

On this day in 1952, E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web was published. Among children’s books, it continues to hold its place at or near the top of the ‘best of’ lists, though White’s pre-publication fear was that his “hymn to the barn” would be too low-key for most kids. And he was sure about the film: “The story is interrupted every few minutes so that somebody can sing a jolly song. I don’t care much for jolly songs. The Blue Hill Fair, which I tried to report faithfully in the book, has become a Disney world, with 76 trombones.”

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