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***Farewell to Model T

From Sea to Shining Sea

by E. B. White

Reviewed February 18, 2004.
The Little Bookroom, New York, 2003.  34 pages.
Available on for $10.36 in hardcover.
Available at Sembach Library (818.52 WHI).

This little book reprints two essays written by E. B. White for The New Yorker.  The first is “Farewell to Model T,” written in 1936.  The author recalls with fondness the Model T Fords that everyone used to drive, and all the tinkering that they took.  It was an eye-opener for me, who never dreamed of being able to use the “reverse pedal” in place of the brake.

The next essay, “From Sea to Shining Sea” was written in 1953, telling about a trip that Mr. White took across America thirty-one years before in one of those Model Ts.  He and his friend were young.  Instead of taking along a Blue Book, they brought a Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, “to serve as a constant reminder that our true destination was the world of letters.”

These two essays are amusing and enlightening.  Pick up this book for some quick entertainment.

Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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