The Once and Future King (Paperback)

Author: White, T. H.

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Describes King Arthurs life from his childhood to the coronation, creation of the Round Table, and search for the Holy Grail *Author: White, T. H. *Publication Date: 1987/07/01 *Number of Pages: 639 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.00


Publisher Berkley Pub Group
Mfg Part# 9780441627400
SKU 30068445
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0441627404
Release Date 4/10/2007
Sales Rank 11070
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.5H x 4L x 1T
Author Info
Terence Hanbury White
Terence Hanbury White was born in Bombay, but studied at Cambridge, then became a schoolmaster for six years until his first novel, DARKNESS AT PEMBERLEY, was published when he was 26. His most famous work was his sequence of novels about King Arthur and the Round Table, begun in 1938 and published in full in 1958 as THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING. The successful Broadway musical CAMELOT was based on White's masterly retelling of these classic tales. White was a famous pacifist, and moved to Ireland during World War II. He was also a closeted homosexual, turning first to psychotherapy and, when it failed, alcohol as a way out of what he perceived as a problem. White was accomplished in various daring and/or eccentric pursuits: flying, hawking (about which he wrote a book), Gaelic, and sign language and Braille, both of which fascinated him. He lived for the last 20 years of his life on a small island off the coast of England. He died, however, on a Mediterranean cruise ship in Greece, of heart failure.
"...woven together with literary genius, archeological authority, and a freshness which is as bright as the dawn and the memories we associate with a golden age. It is hard to say at which level White's greatness is most special."
"This ambitious work, so long in the building, now stands complete. It will long remain a memorial to an author who is at once civilized, learned, witty and humane."
"White's book is an extraordinary achievement in that he has told the familiar story with almost complete fidelity to the main plot and characters of Malory, and yet has made the well-worn Matter of Britain more exciting, and the tragedy more apparent, than they have ever been before. His success is due to a happy blend of imagination, scholarly research, psychological insight and humor."
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Annotation When it was first published in its entirety in 1958, T.H. White's masterly, incomparable, vastly entertaining epic novel about King Arthur and his round table was hailed by critics as an instant classic. And so it became; widely acknowledged as one of the definitive works of the fantasy genre, THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING is a retelling of the Arthurian legend that is at once both comic and political, enchanting and educational. While it works on one level as a highly entertaining saga of knights, battles, magic, and heroes, the novel also presents a conscientiously researched historical interpretation of the round table as a civilizing force that brought England out of the Dark Ages through the notion of chivalry. Divided into four books (originally published separately) which detail Arthur's boyhood, the building of his empire, his doomed friendship with Lancelot, and his undoing through the boy Mordred, White's novel re-imagines several of these well-known characters in unconventional ways, painting Arthur as sweet and in many ways simple, Lancelot as a complex and deeply troubled man with an ugly face, and several older knights of the table as sympathetic or even comic Good Old Boys, blundering amiably around in creaky armor as they support their young king without entirely understanding him.
Editors Note A novel about the court of King Arthur, which was the basis for the movie "Camelot".
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Book Format Pocketbook
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0639
Publisher Ace Books

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