July 11 is the birthday of E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, author and long-time contributor to The New Yorker magazine. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921. His children’s book, Stuart Little, was published in 1945, and Charlotte's Web, about a pig named Wilbur, appeared in 1952. White’s interesting short book, Here is New York (1949), is a fascinating and surprisingly timeless assessment of the great city. The final pages seem to eerily foretell the events of September 11, 2001. Pictured: cover of the reprint, 2000.