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 |  Posted: 04/24/12 06:56 AM ET  |  Updated: 04/24/12 06:56 AM ET

7 Things You Didn't Know About E.B. White

By Margaret Bristol for Bookish

For 60 years, "Charlotte's Web" has been a beloved children's classic taught in classrooms and read before bedtime. E.B. White, who also authored the timeless tales "Stuart Little" and “The Trumpet of the Swan,” brought us the story of how a spider named Charlotte (with the help of a few animal friends) saved the life of a pig named Wilbur. Now, a special edition has been published with a new foreword from Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. So what's so interesting about the man who spun the web? We've dug up seven facts that make White terrific, radiant and humble.

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The iconic manual of literary rules, "The Elements of Style"--originally penned by White's college professor, William Strunk Jr. in 1918, only for Strunk's student to update it 41 years later--has sold over 10 million copies since 1959. The 50th anniversary edition, published in 2009, stayed true to the vision of the authors and was not updated with any modern slang or vocabulary.
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