Sixty years ago, on Oct. 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It has since become one of the most beloved children's books of all time.
According to a story by NPR's Michael Sims, White sat down in a studio in 1970 to record the narration.
"He, of course, as anyone does doing an audio book, had to do several takes for various things, just to get it right," Sims says. "But every time, he broke down when he got to Charlotte's death. And he would do it, and it would mess up. ... He took 17 takes to get through Charlotte's death without his voice cracking or beginning to cry."