E. B. White: Born July 11, 1899

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INTERVIEWER
You were also an artist. What did Thurber and the other New Yorker artists think of your drawings and New Yorker covers?
WHITE
I’m not an artist and never did any drawings for The New Yorker. I did turn in a cover and it was published. I can’t draw or paint, but I was sick in bed with tonsillitis or something, and I had nothing to occupy me, but I had a cover idea—of a sea horse wearing a nose bag. I borrowed my son’s watercolor set, copied a sea horse from a picture in Webster’s dictionary, and managed to produce a cover that was bought. It wasn’t much of a thing. I even loused up the whole business finally by printing the word “oats” on the nose bag, lest somebody fail to get the point. I suppose the original of that cover would be a collector’s item of a minor sort, since it is my only excursion into the world of art. But I don’t know where it is. I gave it to Jed Harris. What he did with it, knows God.
http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4155/the-art-of-the-essay-no-1-e-b-white

https://www.britannica.com/biography/E-B-White

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