On E.B. White's 118th birthday - Elwin Brooks White, as Garrison Keillor's Writers Almanac reported - British novelist A.L Kennedy offers a useful corrective to White's famous writers' guide. Kennedy's essay can be found on the Literary Hub.
In my younger days, the White and Strunk style manual was one of my main writing guides. Later, I rejected more and more of the book's advice. As Kennedy says, many of White's rules don't always make for good writing, and are often ignored in classic literary works.
White's rules are a good primer for students and young writers, but too restrictive. Following White's prescriptions made me feel like I was clamping my work into a straitjacket. At one point, I concluded that White had ruined more writers than made them.
Nor do I much care anymore for his lauded essays. (I never read "Charlotte's Web" when I was a child.) They are too refined, the sentences tamed by his fussiness.