Inscribed copy of the modern children's classic, an exploration of innocence and change, death and courage.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
"As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done." – Eudora Welty
One spider's efforts to save a pig from slaughter charmed audiences immediately upon publication, showing that "that human beings must always be on the watch for the coming of wonders." The book was published by Harper under the editorship of Ursula Nordstrom, who was the primary force in fashioning modern children's literature away from morality and education towards imagination and affection. While the inscription is in a later reprint likely dating from the time it was signed (1983), White was not known for signing many books, making this is a special copy. Newbery Honor Award.
Read more: Welty review "Along Came a Spider," New York Times, October 19, 1952.
New York: Harper & Row, (1952). 8'' x 5''. Original full tan cloth, front board and spine stamped in blue with illustrated title. Original pictorial dust jacket. Blue web-patterned endpapers. Illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Garth Williams throughout. , 184 pages. Inscribed by White on half title: "Salutations! E.B. White and thanks for your gift to the Center," dates March 1983. Single small tape repair to verso of jacket. Slightest bit of edgewear at foot of jacket spine.
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