Charlotte’s Web is a popular children’s novel about a pig named Wilbur, who is born a runt and is saved by the farmer’s daughter Fern. Wilbur is then sold to Fern’s uncle who plans to kill and eat him at Christmas. Wilbur is saved by a spider, named Charlotte, who writes words in her web about Wilbur. In 2000, the book was listed as the bestselling children’s paperback of all time. The popular novel has been adapted into two films, a video game and a stage musical. If you have ever wondered who wrote this children’s book, keep reading to find out.
Who wrote Charlotte’s Web?
Charlotte’s Web was written by American author E. B. White. It was first published in 1952, 3 years after White had begun working on the novel. The inspiration for the story is said to come from his experiences written about in an earlier book Death of a Pig in 1948, which told of his failed attempt to save a sick pig. When he handed the completed manuscript to his editor Ursula Nordstrom in 1952 she was not expecting a new book. However, she was very impressed with the story and it was published. The illustrations for the original book were drawn by Garth Williams.
Did you know?
E. B. White won an honorary Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for his distinguished career as an author. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. For his work on Charlotte’s Web, and another novel, White won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970. This prize is one of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.