Martha White ’77 on Her Grandfather E.B. White


Martha White, MHC ’77, recently contacted The Lyon Review to let us know that she recently finished editing a book of her grandfather E.B. White’s best quotations from the hundreds of essays, letters and other projects he wrote in his long, prolific career as essayist, fiction writer, famed children’s book author and everyone’s favorite grammarian.

Published in 2011, In the Words of E. B. White: Quotations From America’s Most Emminent Essayist is available from Cornell University Press.

We thought Lyon Review readers and writers might also enjoy this special video clip issued by the publisher on Martha’s reflections of her grandfather

Book Trailer: In the Words of E.B. White

Martha is herself a talented writer and editor who lives on the coast of Maine. A longtime contributing editor to Yankee Publishing and The Old Farmer’s Almanac, she also compiled two weekly columns for United Feature Syndicate for many years. Her articles, book reviews, short stories, and essays have been published in The New York Times; The Boston Globe; Christian Science Monitor; Early American Life, Country Journal, Down East; Garden Design, Maine Boats Homes and Harbors, and numerous other national magazines and small presses. She currently is working on a novel.

Thanks, Martha, for helping to keep the works of EB White alive and congratulations on all your own writing success.

“If the words are alive….”


“If the words are alive….”

My life recently has been a seemingly endless string of Julia Cameron’s artist’s dates. It’s been a month since I climbed to the upper deck of the Megabus and traveled to Chicago for AWP . Though I live in Milwaukee, less than two hours by car, train or bus, from Chicago, I rarely get there. I was born directionally challenged with small-town girl blood still flowing in my veins. Milwaukee is a smaller, manageable city with a big-town friendliness and feel. It has become home, with occasional trips to fill my mountains, trees and oceans needs. Chicago scares me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love the energy and the pace of big cities, but I can only take them in small bites, or I feel overwhelmed and a bit claustrophobic. I need more sky than big cities offer. I’ve dreamt of living in Paris, but I suspect I’d be better off planning to live in Paris for a month, rather than forever.

Chicago, the small slice of it I saw as I scurried from workshop to workshop at AWP, did not disappoint. I can’t quite say the same for AWP. Don’t get me wrong. I learned a lot. I listened to some fabulous, and some not so fabulous, speakers. But the schedule, the pace, the format itself was grueling. There was no free time built into the schedule. Workshops went non-stop, so if you took a break (as I did and had to), you knew you were missing something.

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