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T. H. White (1906–1964)

Author of The Once and Future King

57+ Works 28,159 Members 397 Reviews 67 Favorited

About the Author

Terence Hanbury White was born on May 29, 1906 in Bombay, India. He attended Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, and Queen's College, Cambridge. The success of his autobiography, England Have My Bones, allowed him to leave teaching after six years and devote his time to writing. Although he wrote show more a wide array of novels and some poetry, he is best known for The Once and Future King, his four-volume retelling of the legend of King Arthur, which became the basis for both the musical, Camelot, and the Disney film, The Sword in the Stone. White died on January 17, 1964, while returning home from a lecture tour in America. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by T. H. White

The Once and Future King (1938) 15,366 copies
The Book of Merlyn (1941) 3,721 copies
The Sword in the Stone (1938) 3,352 copies
Mistress Masham's Repose (1946) — Author — 1,368 copies
The Goshawk (1951) 565 copies
The Age of Scandal (1950) 305 copies
The Ill-Made Knight (1940) 145 copies
Elephant and Kangaroo (1947) 144 copies
Darkness at Pemberley (1932) 136 copies
England Have My Bones (1936) 117 copies
The Master (1957) 113 copies
Farewell Victoria (1500) 87 copies
The Candle in the Wind (1958) 66 copies
The Scandalmonger (1952) 22 copies
They Winter Abroad (1932) — Author — 15 copies
A Joy Proposed (1982) 10 copies
The Troll (1935) 8 copies
First Lesson (1969) — Author — 5 copies
Camelot 1 copy
Earth Stopped (1934) 1 copy
The Unicorn 1 copy

Associated Works

The Sword in the Stone [1963 film] (1963) — Original story — 636 copies
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Contributor — 545 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Contributor — 370 copies
Shudder Again: 22 Tales of Sex and Horror (1993) — Contributor — 232 copies
Unicorns! (1982) — Contributor — 225 copies
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Contributor — 209 copies
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1939) — Contributor — 208 copies
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 196 copies
Science Fiction Stories (1991) — Contributor — 182 copies
Camelot [1967 film] (1967) — Original story — 167 copies
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contributor — 152 copies
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Contributor — 148 copies
Bestiary! (1985) — Contributor — 122 copies
Great Irish Tales of Fantasy and Myth (1994) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 5 (1980) — Contributor — 86 copies
Camelot: A New Musical [libretto] (1961) — Original play — 83 copies
Camelot: Original 1960 Broadway Cast Recording (1960) — Original story — 79 copies
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Scream Along with Me (1970) — Contributor — 65 copies
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Contributor — 59 copies
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings (1997) — Contributor — 42 copies
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Contributor — 24 copies
Open the Door (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
Kingdoms of Sorcery: An Anthology of Adult Fantasy (1976) — Contributor — 21 copies
The British at Home (1939) — Introduction — 15 copies
Walt Disney's The Wizards' Duel (1963) — Original story — 15 copies
Visions and Imaginations: Classic Fantasy Fiction (2005) — Contributor — 13 copies
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 9 copies
Das Hobbit-Buch (1988) — Author — 7 copies
Ghostly, grim and gruesome: An anthology (1976) — Contributor — 7 copies

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The Once and Future King Group Read: General Thread in 75 Books Challenge for 2010 (June 2010)

Reviews

My target is to have this read by 2020-09-26, for a book club zoom meeting that day. The zoom book club meeting came and went. The discussion was interesting even though I hadn’t finished the book.

This book expounds the idea that we do not have choice, that there is a course of life set for us that we cannot alter. I don’t believe that. I believe that we do have choice, and our choices make a difference in the direction of our lives and our resultant happiness.

Life is complicated in that most of the time our understanding is imperfect. Missteps were made by main characters because of their misunderstanding of who really cared for them, and who was plotting to betray them.

I like the ending. It did not wrap everything up and put a pretty bow around it.
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bread2u | 205 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
some funny, readable, enjoyable
 
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Works
57
Also by
33
Members
28,159
Popularity
#718
Rating
4.0
Reviews
397
ISBNs
332
Languages
18
Favorited
67

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