Despite its bone-deep elegance, Strunk and White’s Elements of Style (1919/1959), familiar to many of America’s editors and authors but demonstrably not to enough of either, seems an unpromising text for visual illustration, being, as it is, a brief guide to words and how to combine them. (That is, how to write.) Short of a series of rebuses, what could its images be? You would need a Maira Kalman to imagine and draw them, which in fact Kalman did, producing a celebrated edition of the book in 2005. This show offered a chance to see the original gouaches, along with a new set from this year, “Darling Dorset,” a very British travelogue characterologically in keeping with the earlier group.
The White of Strunk and White, of course, was E. B. White, famously a writer for the New Yorker and the author of the much-loved children’s books Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. Strunk was
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