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'Magnificent and tragic, and irrestible mixture of gaiety and pathos' The Sunday Times 'This ambitious work will long remain a memorial to an author who is at once civilized, learned, witty and humane' Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Terence Hanbury White was born in 1906 in India, where his father was a member of the Indian Civil Service, and educated at Cheltenham and Cambridge.
The author of poems, books about hunting and other sports, and some detective stories, he found fame and success with The Sword in the Stone (1939), the brilliantly imaginative retelling of King Arthurs early life. He continued the story in The Witch in the Wood (1940) and The Ill-Made Knight (1941). In 1940, he wrote what was believed to be the final volume of Arthurian saga, The Candle in the Wind. The four books were revised and published in 1958 as a single volume titled The Once and Future King.
A further manuscript concluding the story was, however, discovered among T.H. Whites papers at the University of Texas at Austin after the authors death in 1964. This is The Book of Merlyn, written in 1941, the book that completes a series described by The Sunday Times as magnificent.
Fabulous book but Kindle edition has far too many typos. Wish I knew why.Published 24 days ago by Judya
So much has been written about this book not sure what else I can add. The book starts off very childlike in its narrative and grows into more explicit adult themes advancing the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tim Gordon
This book is a toss up between itself and The Three Musketeers as my favourite book of all time. A definite must read.Published on July 14 2011 by toysparta
Re-reading this book recently, I was struck by the way having artwork of King Arthur and Merlin on the cover almost spoils the beautiful and complex images T H White conjures up. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2011 by Donna from T'ranna
Currently reading my very worn copy of "The Once and Future King" I realised what a beautiful book it is and how T.H. Read morePublished on June 11 2010 by George F. Fry
One commentator once said, 'T.H. White has a genius for recreating the physical conditions of the past; the child who reads him will learn far more than all the historians and... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2006 by FrKurt Messick
I found this to be a terribly slow book to read. The frequent narrative asides (many extremely anachronistic) were a major distraction and prevented me from settling into a rhythm... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Andrew W. Johns