Authors E. B. White and James Thurber at Camp Otter

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February 5, 2013 by Doug Webster

Well-known American writer (Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan) and frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, E.B. White was undoubtedly one of the two most famous of the many individuals who attended Camp Otter.  The other was friend, humorist (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), and fellow member of The New Yorker family, James Thurber.

E.B. White (3rd from R) with Otter campers outside their tent cabin.

E.B. White (4th from L) with Otter campers outside their tent cabin in 1921

White’s involvement with the Camp wasn’t surprising since Otter’s origins were linked to Cornell University, which he attended during and soon after college, and returned to several years later, as a part owner.  The Minden News carried a recent article about White’s ties to the camp in the early 20th Century.

Minden News EB White Full_Page_1

Minden News EB White Full_Page_2

White’s biography (which often refers to him as Andy) also includes references to his time at the Camp.


Otter-EB-White-Bio-Page2Information about Thurber’s involvement is found in this posting on a Canadian website about White, Thurber and Camp Otter.


The Cottage Life article about White and Thurber and their days at Camp Otter is now posted on our website and can be found here.

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