DEAD: ON THIS DATE
E.B. White (aged 86)
Author (Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web)
Elwyn Brooks White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985) was an American writer and a world federalist. For more than fifty years, he was a contributor to The New Yorker magazine. He was also a co-author of the English language style guide The Elements of Style, which is commonly known as Strunk & White. In addition, he wrote books for children, including Stuart Little (c. 1945), Charlotte’s Web (c. 1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (c. 1970). In a 2012 survey of School Library Journalreaders, Charlotte’s Web was voted the top children’s novel.
DEATH: White had Alzheimer’s disease and died on October 1, 1985, at his farm home in North Brooklin, Maine. He is buried in the Brooklin Cemetery beside Katharine, who died in 1977.