If the author once winked during this accumulation of preposterous particulars, it would all turn flimsy and come tumbling down. But White never forgets that he is telling about serious matters: the overcoming of a handicap, and the joys of music, and the need for creatures to find a mate, and the survival of a beautiful species of swan.
– from John Updike’s 1970 review of The Trumpet of the Swan
It takes restraint for me to post anything about E.B. White without linking to my 2010 post with White’s quote about how “It takes more than a genius to keep me reading a book.” At this hour, I have no restraint. So here it is.