E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity

by Rachel Baker on May 6, 2014

This is a really neat website with some great literary stuff to peruse through when you want to kill time.

In 1973, more than two decades after a young woman wrote to Albert Einstein with a similar concern, one man sent a distressed letter to E.B. White, lamenting that he had lost faith in humanity. The beloved author, who was not only a masterful letter-writer but also a professional celebrator of the human condition and an unflinching proponent of the writer’s duty to uplift people, took it upon himself to boost the man’s sunken heart with a short but infinitely beautiful reply, found in Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (public library) — the wonderful collection based on Shaun Usher’s labor-of-love website, which also gave us young Hunter S. Thompson on how to live a meaningful life.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/05/06/e-b-white-letters-of-note-book/

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