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Here is New York • E.B. White

I’ve read this book quite a few times now, and still, it never ceases to amaze me, over and over again. This remarkably beautiful love letter to New York – it was written in a Hotel room, during E.B. White’s visit in the summer of 1949 – instantly takes you on a stroll through a multifaceted, past Manhattan, with all its people, borrows, quirks, and its overall hustle and bustle, whilst always remaining sincere and loving. Elwyn Brooks White‘s – as he goes by his full name – wonderful attention to detail, his honest and unapologetic view of the city, in combination with the book’s overall shortness – it spans only 56 pages – are making this book an excitingly enriching and worthwhile experience.

The New Yorker calls it “the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.” The New York Times has chosen Here is New York as one of the ten best books ever written about this metropolis.

E.B. White writes..

There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. …Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.

The pictured Edition – which I own, and recommend you to get as well – marked the 100th anniversary of E.B. White’s birth, and appeared with a new introduction by Roger Angell.

You can buy it on Amazon →


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