Cover of: The Annotated Charlotte's Web | Peter F. Neumeyer


  • Introduction
    Peter F. Neumeyer
  • Illustrator
    Garth Williams

About the Book

This is the book which turned me into both a book lover, and an English Major, at age 5. My sister, who was 8 at the time, had checked it out and asked my mother to read it aloud to her. I listened in, and was hooked from the first page. As soon as I could comprehend the basics of reading, this is the book I read, more than any other. The story (Talking animals! Friendly spiders!) is down-home, laugh-out-loud funny, but also charming and slighly sad, but still optimistic, at it's conclusion. While children who have never experienced farm life may not understand some of the details, the pace of the story is quick enough to keep everyone entertained, one chapter at a time.

Please, if you need the "perfect book" to read to a child who loves animals, Charlotte's Web would be a great choice!

About the Edition

Charlotte's Web may be America's best-loved children's book today. Its plot is seamless, its characters poignant and unforgettable, and the writing a marvel of ease and fluency. In fact, thought. E. B. White labored tirelessly over eight manuscript drafts, thoroughly researched the habits of spiders, and meditated on the lives of pigs. THE ANNOTATED CHARLOTTE'S WEB opens the door to the creator's workshop and allows the reader to glance over the shoulder of one of the most exacting and fastidious American writers as he forms his masterpiece. Included are:
information from White's eight manuscript drafts
cross-references to other writings by E.B. White
letters between White and his editors
documents from the critical reception of Charlotte's Web
general literary-cultural commentary tying the book to its traditions

THE ANNOTATED CHARLOTTE'S WEB brings us closer to the book's author, enriches our reading of the book itself, and sheds a measure of light on the artistic process. Fascinating, humorous, rich in information, it belongs on the shelves of teachers, literary critics, students of children's literature, and anyone who simply loves Charlotte's Web.

(back cover)

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 268-273) and index.
Cover title: Charlotte's web.

Other Titles
Charlotte's Web
Copyright Date


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Library of Congress
PS3545.H5187 C536 1994

The Physical Object

xxxiv, 282 p. :

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