(WHITE, E.B.) THOREAU, Henry David
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (1964). First thus: reissued in the Riverside Literary Series, with an introduction by E.B. White and, while not marked as such, this was E.B. White's own copy. Offered together with three other Walden-themed books from White's library: Walden Revisited by George F. Whicher, which is signed by White in 1945; Discovery at Walden by Roland Wells Robbins, inscribed by Robbins to White in 1947; and Index to Walden by Joseph Jones, inscribed by Jones to White in 1955. Four books on Walden from the library of E.B. White, a more powerful figure in the history of the environmental movement than most people realize: in 1958, it was White, in his position at the New Yorker, who was approached by Rachel Carson with the suggestion that he, White, cover the story of lawsuits filed in opposition to aerial sprayings of insecticide. White re-assigned the story back to Carson (later saying that he didn't "know a chlorinated hydrocarbon from a squash bug"), forwarding her letter to editor William Shawn. Carson's Silent Spring was serialized in the New Yorker in 1962, prior to its book publication. Condition, in the order listed above: fine without dust jacket, as issued; near fine, lacking the dust jacket; very good in a very good dust jacket; and very good in stapled wrappers. In 1953, White wrote of Walden in the New Yorker: “Every man, I think, reads one book in his life, and this one is mine.” [#033527] $1,250
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