“The world is full of talkers, but it is rare to find anyone who listens. And I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking": The Trumpet of the Swan; Inscribed by E.B. White

  • The Trumpet of the Swan.
  • The Trumpet of the Swan.

The Trumpet of the Swan.


Item Number: 85678

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.

First edition, early printing of White’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ethan with greetings from E.B. White.” Near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrated by Edward Frascino.

“E.B. White’s last book for children, published almost 20 years after Charlotte’s Web, is the unlikely tale of Louis, a mute trumpeter swan (named for Louis Armstrong), who compensates for his muteness by becoming a virtuoso player of a real trumpet… As he had done with Charlotte’s Web, [White] researched his material thoroughly— making inquiries about everything from the annual migration of trumpeter swans to the workings of the swan boats in the Boston Public Garden— and he wrote the text with the same scrupulous attention to detail… E.B. White has won a place in the hearts of the young forever” (Silvey, 677-78).

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