E.B. White

Less than Nothing

originally published:
(no place -- New York) : (no publisher -- The New Yorker)

We offered this copy of the first edition in our Catalog 67.


  • First Book(1927)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 7/11/1899
died: 10/1/1985
born as: Elwyn Brooks White
nationality: USA

Leading American essayist and literary stylist of his time. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

White produced collectible books in a number of fields - his early books of humor with a decidedly New Yorker flavor - The Lady is Cold (1929, poetry, as "E.B.W.") and Is Sex Necessary? (1930, with James Thurber). His serious essays, written for The New Yorker and Harper's, such as One Man's Meat (1942, and a scarce title in fine condition because of its wartime vintage), and his children's books, particularly Charlotte's Web (1952) and Stuart Little (1945, the jacket for this title was apparently unchanged except for the price over the first few printings, so unprice-clipped jackets command a premium, and should). One to watch out for was his first separate publication, a small promotional booklet for The New Yorker entitled Less Than Nothing (1927, as Sterling Finny), a slim little volume with an applied label on the front board, and issued without dustwrapper. They must have used weak glue on the label, and it is often (if you can use the word for a book that is rarely seen) missing.