The Once and Future King

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HarperCollins Publishers, Jun 24, 2010 - Fiction - 864 pages

The extraordinary story of a boy called Wart – ignored by everyone except his tutor, Merlin – who goes on to become King Arthur.

T.H. White’s masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic. The Once and Future King, contains all five books about the early life of King Arthur (The Sword in the Stone , The Witch in the Wood , The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn).

Exquisite comedy offsets the tradegy of Arthur’s personal doom as White brings to life the major British epic of all time with brilliance, grandeur, warmth and charm

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User Review  - Tarklovishki - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this series in books one and two, but as I approached the halfway mark and got to the finish line, it ended up getting a bit boring and difficult to read. Still, not a bad book and I'm glad I read it! Check it out if you're a fan of Arthurian tales. Read full review

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I read this decades ago and then 'lost' the paperback copy. Passed a bookshop last night staggering home from the pub (me not the bookshop) and saw it in the window, felt compelled today to go back for it. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

T.H. White died in 1964, leaving a literary legacy that places him alongside J R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Mervyn Peake as one of the 20th Century’s greatest British fantasists. He has inspired generations of fantasy writers, from Neil Gaiman to JK Rowling.

Born in India in 1906, White studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he wrote a thesis on Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. He found success with his ‘preface to Malory’, The Sword in the Stone, a wonderfully imaginative retelling of King Arthur’s early life. He continued to explore the Arthurian mythos in four further volumes – The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn – a sequence collectively known as The Once and Future King. The novels were famously adapted into the Disney film The Sword in the Stone in 1963.

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