Books: A Darker White

POEMS & SKETCHES OF E.B. WHITE Harper & Row; 217pages; $13.50

There are several E.B. Whites, almost all of them celebrated. The Essayist's style—fine gray flannel occasionally flecked with hayseed—charmed New Yorker readers for decades. The Escapist successfully migrated from Manhattan to Maine, and lived to write about it. The Storyteller grew famous by turning the travels of a tweedy, 2-in.-tall mouse into a memorable Wanderjahr for children, loaded with longing and nostalgia.

The result, Stuart Little, still sells and sells. White's collected Essays and collected Letters have lately appeared. So Poems & Sketches...

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