a book is a sneeze

Why do we write?

There are as many answers to that question as there are writers. The truth is, sometimes we’re quite proud of our motives, sometimes we don’t really know what they are, and sometimes we’d rather not say.

The following set of letters is fascinating, entertaining and weirdly inspiring. If you’re a fan of Charlotte’s Web, you’re sure to find them interesting.

A Book Is A Sneeze
Letters of Note

In September of 1952,  a few weeks before the publication of Charlotte’s Web—the now-classic tale of a pig, Wilbur, who becomes friends with a heroic spider named Charlotte—its author, E. B. White, was asked to explain why he wrote the book by his editor at Harper & Row, Ursula Nordstrom. On the 29th of that month, White responded with the following typewritten letter and explanation, both of which have been kindly supplied to Letters of Note by HarperCollins.

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About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

2 Responses to a book is a sneeze

  1. Ha yes, this looks familiar. Love it—and Charlotte’s Web! Spiders, not so much. 😉

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