A few weeks before E.B. White’s classic came out, he was asked to explain why he wrote it. His reply is beautiful (in much the same way that Charlotte’s Web is beautiful). Here he explains how he became fascinated with spiders:
"I had never paid much attention to spiders until a few years ago. Once you begin watching spiders, you haven’t time for much else — the world is really loaded with them. I do not find them repulsive or revolting, any more than I find anything in nature repulsive or revolting, and I think it is too bad that children are often corrupted by their elders in this hate campaign. Spiders are skilful, amusing and useful. and only in rare instances has anybody ever come to grief because of a spider."