the Points of my Compass Author:E. B. White These are the dispatches of a self-appointed foreign correspondent who elected to stay home. although they carry datelines, the reader will not find Rome or Hong Kong among them. these reports emanate from spots along the American littoral -- Allen Cove, turtle Bay, Fiddler Bayou, Jeffreys Hook. as the author tells to his foreword, "unlike other... more » correspondents, I seldom went anywhere or did anything. clearly, if I were to serve a responsible publication, I would have to alter the world itself, and rearrange geography to give me a wider range."
How widely Mr. White has ranged can be judged from the pieces in THE POINTS OF MY COMPASS. this is a book of shapes -- not the shape of things to come but the shapt of things that are. Begtinning with a hurricane on the Maine Coast, the book ends with a three-day gale in the North Pacific. In between these rough episodes are quiet days when the author records his life in New England, visits the circus in its winter quarters, and laments the decline of railroading. He also passes judgment on disarmament and reveals the addresses of New York's pigeons. Wit and wisdom, humanity and humor, impeccable prose --these are the attributes of E.B. white, and they are all here in generous amounts.« less