Goshawk

ISBN-10: 1590172493
ISBN-13: 9781590172490
Edition: 2007
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 10/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Between human beings and other animals there exists both an unbridgeable gulf and an insurmountable attraction. T. H. White was a young author searching for a subject who found himself reading manuals of falconry, none of them less than a half-century old, and one of them dating back to the time of Shakespeare. Immediately, White moved to the country and wrote to Germany to acquire a young goshawk to train. Gos, as White called the bird, was ferocious and Gos was free, and White had no idea how to break him in beyond the ancient (and long superseded) practice of depriving him of sleep, which meant that White too went for days without rest. Slowly man and bird entered a state of delirium and intoxication, a mixture of attraction and repulsion not at all unlike love. White kept a daybook detailing the developments in his relationship with Gos--at once a tale of obsession, a comedy of errors, and a hymn of praise to the ferocity and independence of the hawk. It was this that became "The Goshawk", since recognized as yet another brilliant manifestation of the remarkable imagination that produced "The Once and Future King."

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, E. B. White was educated at Cornell University and served as a private in World War I. After several years as a journalist, he joined the staff of the New Yorker, then in its infancy. For 11 years he wrote most of the "Talk of the Town" columns, and it was White and James Thurber who can be credited with setting the style and attitude of the magazine. In 1938 he retired to a saltwater farm in Maine, where he wrote essays regularly for Harper's Magazine under the title "One Man's Meat." Like Thoreau, White preferred the woods; he also resembled Thoreau in his impatience and indignation. White received several prizes: in 1960, the gold medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award (he was honored along with Thornton Wilder and Edmund Wilson); and in 1978, a special Pulitzer Prize. His verse is original and witty but with serious undertones. His friend James Thurber described him as "a poet who loves to live half-hidden from the eye." Three of his books have become children's classics: Stuart Little (1945), about a mouse born into a human family, Charlotte's Web (1952), about a spider who befriends a lonely pig, and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). Among his best-known and most widely used books is The Elements of Style (1959), a guide to grammar and rhetoric based on a text written by one of his professors at Cornell, William Strunk, which White revised and expanded. White was married to Katherine Angell, the first fiction editor of the New Yorker.

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