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Here is New York
In the summer of 1949, E.B. White sat in a New York City hotel room and, sweltering in the summer heat, wrote a remarkable, pristine essay, Here Is New York. Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, the author’s stroll around Manhattan — with the reader arm-in-arm — remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. Like most of White’s prose (his essays, his “Talk of the Town” columns, The Elements of Style), this book is of modest length. Yet, like Charlotte’s Web, it speaks more eloquently about what lasts and what really matters than other, more expansive pieces. The New York Times has chosen Here Is New York as one of the ten best books ever written about the grand metropolis. The New Yorker calls it “the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.” This edition of Here Is New York marks the 100th anniversary of E.B. White’s birth, and appears with a new introduction by Roger Angell.
by E.B. White