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EB White: shedworker

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:17 AM
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by (Alex) last modified Sep 08, 2011

The author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little lived in North Brooklin, Maine where he worked in the boathouse on his property (pictured above, photographed by Jill Krementz ): he wrote the first draft of Charlotte's Web in here in 1950. Here's how the New York Times described it: "He does most of his writing at the water's edge in an old boathouse, sitting in Spartan solitude on a wooden bench. Writing has never come easy, and it took him years to realize that spikes were sticking in his back. Mr. White has now built himself a broader bench and screened in the boathouse and chased off the foxes that burrowed into the ground below." Above is the exterior of the boathouse - which measures 10ft by 15ft - and author Michael Sims , an expert on White and Charlotte's Web. And here's his view from the boathouse (part of a nice slideshow by Blake Eskin in the New Yorker which covers his trip to the property last month including a podcast which compares White to Thoreau and a photo of the famous swing in the barn). Inside, the boathouse was furnished with a desk which White built himself and worked on using his typewriter, chair, bench, wooden waste basket and a woodburning stove. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday posts are sponsored by Atelier garden studios which are sustainable, stylish, flexible, functional and future proofed






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