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Charlotte's Web

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Charlotte's Web: Illustrated by Garth Williams.

by WHITE, E.B

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New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1952. WILLIAMS, Garth. . Charlotte's Web. Illustrated by Garth Williams. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1952.

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WHITE, E.B.. Charlotte's Web. Illustrated by Garth Williams. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1952.

First edition, first issue with stated "First Edition" and publisher's code "I-B" on verso of title-page. Octavo (8 x 5 3/8 inches; 202 x 137 mm). [8], 184 pp. With numerous illustrations in the text. In publisher's price-clipped dust jacket.

Original beige cloth stamped in blue and black on front board and spine. Blue pictorial endpapers. In publisher's price-clipped dust jacket. Cloth of front board with some very light spots. Jacket with some light sunning and foxing. The head and tail of the jacket spine with some minor flaking and some light rubbing to joints. A eighth-inch closed tear to bottom of front panel. Previous owner Thomas Lovejoy's bookplate on half-title. Lovejoy was an American ecologist and former President of the Amazon Biodiversity Center. He was also the director of the conservation program at World Wildlife Fund-U.S.. Overall a very good copy, internally very clean.

"Charlotte's Web earned critical acclaim upon its release—Eudora Welty notably called it "just about perfect"—and it quickly became a beloved children's classic. While humorous and charming, the novel also contains important lessons. For example, Fern's caring for Wilbur teaches her responsibility, and she realizes that if she stands up for what she believes in she can make a difference in the world. Charlotte and Wilbur's friendship, despite their differences in nature, teaches tolerance. As he grows up, like any child, Wilbur learns to cope with fear, loss, mortality, and loneliness. Although a story of life and death, it is also full of warmth, with silly characters such as the geese and the snobby sheep. In addition, Charlotte's Web contains a wealth of detail about spiders and other animals, which White drew from his own life on a farm. Wilbur was allegedly inspired by an ailing pig that White tried unsuccessfully to nurse back to health. The incident served as the basis for the essay 'Death of a Pig,' which was published in 1948, four years before the release of Charlotte's Web." (Britannica).

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Charlotte’s Web (1952) by E. B. White is a piece of classic children’s literature. Fern Arable, a young girl growing up on a farm, pleads with her father to not butcher the runt of a recently birthed litter of pigs. After being spared, Wilbur the pig spends some time as Fern’s pet before being sold to her uncle, Homer Zuckerman, at which point Wilbur’s adventure truly begins. After being rejected by the other animals at Homer’s farm, Wilbur strikes up an unlikely friendship with Charlotte, a spider whose silky web resides near the pig. When Wilbur learns that he is to be butchered, his arachnid companion hatches a daring plan to save his life. The famous novel has been adapted into a movie, video game, stage production, and is soon to be made into a television series. A feat of storytelling, Charlotte’s Web won the Laura Ingall’s Wilder Medal and was a Newbery Honor book in 1953. Charlotte's Web is one of the best-selling paperbacks of all time. E.B. White rarely signed books, so a signed first edition can run anywhere from a few thousand dollars, to over $25,000.

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Bookseller
Heritage Book Shop, LLC US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
68886
Title
Charlotte's Web
Author
WHITE, E.B
Illustrator
WILLIAMS, Garth
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
1
Publisher
Harper & Brothers, Publishers
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1952
Weight
0.00 lbs
Keywords
Illustrated Books|Children|Modern Firsts

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