Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Did You Know? Charlotte's Web

After yesterday's interview with Charlotte, I thought it would be a good idea to see what interesting facts I could dig up about Charlotte's Web and it's author, E.B. White. Let's see what I found out.

Did You Know...
  • Publishers Weekly named Charlotte's Web the best selling children's book of all time?
  • Charlotte's full name, Charlotte A. Cavatica, was based on the scientific name for a barn spider, Araneus cavaticus?
  • Illustrator Garth Williams originally drew Charlotte with a ladies head, but E.B. White wanted her drawn as a regular spider?
  • The book originally started in the barnyard, but White added the what became the opening scenes with Fern and her family?
  • White's Maine farmhouse and barn were the inspiration for the book? His will stipulated that it remain off limits to the public to preserve the property.
  • The E.B. stands for Elwyn Brooks?
  • He wound up marrying the editor that hired him for The New Yorker magazine, Katharine Angell?
  • He updated and edited The Elements of Style? Today, it's known as Strunk & White's Elements of Style, the most commonly used grammar and usage guide.
  • White won an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his writing, including Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and Trumpet of the Swan?
Here's the trailer from the animated version of Charlotte's Web. I love Templeton. Paul Lynde was great:

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