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T. H. White - Author

About the Author

T. H. White (Terence Hanbury White) was born on 29 May 1906 in Bombay, India, where his father was a member of the Indian Civil Service, and was educated at Cheltenham and Queen's College, 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 Arthur’s early life.

He was an English master at Stowe School from 1930 to 1936 and died aboard a ship in Piraeus, Greece, on January 17. Mr. White was 57 years old. He was returning home to England after a lecture tour in the United States.

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The Book of Merlyn The Conclusion to The Once and Future King

The Book of Merlyn The Conclusion to The Once and Future King

Author: T. H. White, Gregory Maguire, Sylvia Townsend Warner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

This magical account of King Arthur's last night on earth, rediscovered in a collection of T. H. White's papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, spent twenty-six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list following its publication in 1977. While preparing for his final, fatal battle with his bastard son, Mordred, Arthur returns to the Animal Council with Merlyn, where the deliberations center on ways to abolish war. More self-revealing than any other of White's books, Merlyn shows his mind at work as he agonized over whether to join the fight against Nazi Germany while penning the epic that would become The Once and Future King. The Book of Merlyn has been cited as a major influence by such illustrious writers as Kazuo Ishiguro, J. K. Rowling, Helen Macdonald, Neil Gaiman, and Lev Grossman. Arriving from beyond the curve of time and apparently from the grave, The Book of Merlyn stirs its own pages, saying, wait: you didn't get the whole story. . . . It gives us a final glimpse of those two immortal characters, Wart and Merlyn, up close, slo-mo, with a considered and affectionate scrutiny. The book is an elegiac posting from a master storyteller of the twentieth century. Its reissue in our next century is just as welcome as when it first arrived forty years ago. . . . Certainly the moral questions about the military use of force perplex the world still. . . . The efficacy of treaties, the trading of insults among the potentates of the day, the testing of weapons, the weaponizing of trade-these strategies are still front and center. Rather terrifyingly so. We do well to revisit what that old schoolteacher of children, Merlyn, has been trying to point out to us about power and responsibility. -Gregory Maguire, from the foreword

Elephant and the Kangaroo

Elephant and the Kangaroo

Author: T. H. White Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2017

"e;THERE'S AN ANGEL IN THE CHIMNEY!"e;Mrs. O'Callaghan had come up with some pretty farfetched notions, but when she came running to Mr. White with this announcement, he was convinced she'd lost all touch with reality. Yet when the sensible English writer-whose only mistake had been to set up his workshop on the O'Callaghan's rundown Irish farm-ventured into the kitchen to see what had so upset his landlady, he was shocked to discover that the Archangel Michael had come down the chimney and was hovering there, waiting to pass on a message of deep significance: There was going to be a Flood, and it was up to the O'Callaghans and Mr. White to build an Ark just the way Noah had. Well, maybe not exactly the way Noah had. After all, Mr. White didn't have the same kind of help to work with. Still, he'd find a way to manage, and a way to start the world again too-even though he'd always been a confirmed bachelor. He'd do it all-as long as he didn't have to save the elephants and the kangaroos!From T. H. White, best-selling author of The Sword and the Stone, The Once and Future King, and The Book of Beasts, comes this long unavailable satirical fantasy of twentieth-century Ireland. First published in 1947, The Elephant and the Kangaroo is something of a modern-day Gulliver's Travels, exploring an English writer's journey through a land at once familiar and alien, as he answers an Almighty challenge to save a world which he's not sure is really worth preserving. And it doesn't take him long to find out that building an ark just isn't as easy as it used to be...."e;A STINGING COMMENTARY...A MAD FLIGHT OF FANCY."e;-Kirkus"e;HILARIOUSLY FUNNY."e;-Library Journal

3-book Fantasy Collection: The Sword in the Stone; The Phantom Tollbooth; Charmed Life (Collins Modern Classics)

3-book Fantasy Collection: The Sword in the Stone; The Phantom Tollbooth; Charmed Life (Collins Modern Classics)

Author: T. H. White, Norton Juster, Diana Wynne Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2017

Three magical fantasy books are brought together in an exclusive ebook bind-up: 'The Sword in the Stone', 'The Phantom Tollbooth' and 'Charmed Life'.The Sword in the StoneWhen the wizard Merlyn comes to tutor Sir Ector's sons, Kay and the Wart, studying suddenly becomes much more exciting. After all, who wouldn't enjoy being turned into a fish, or a badger, or a snake? But the Wart is destined for greater things and Merlyn's magical teachings are only the beginning of his amazing future...The Phantom TollboothWhen Milo finds an enormous package in his bedroom, he's delighted to have something to relieve his boredom with school. And when he opens it to find One Genuine Turnpike Tollbooth, he gets right into his pedal car and sets off through the Tollbooth for a magical journey! Once home, can hardly wait to try out the Tollbooth again. But will it be still there when he gets back from school?Charmed LifeEverybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all. However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly!

Der Konig auf Camelot

Der Konig auf Camelot

Author: T. H. White Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2016

T. H. Whites "e;Der Konig auf Camelot"e; ist die umfassendste und eigenstandigste Nachschopfung der unsterblichen Artuslegende. Sie nannten ihn "e;die Warze"e;, und wie eine lastige Warze wurde der kleine Art von seinem Vetter Kay auch behandelt. Kay, der Sohn des Hauses, wurde in allen ritterlichen Fertigkeiten unterrichtet. Art hingegen hatte nur den uralten Zauberer Merlin zum Lehrer. Doch nicht Kay gelang es, das sagenumwobene Schwert aus dem Stein zu ziehen, sondern Art, dem kunftigen Konig der Tafelrunde. Als viel spater Konig Arthurs Frau Guinevra eine Liebschaft mit dem tapferen Ritter Lancelot eingeht und der intrigante Sir Mordred nach Arthurs Thron trachtet, nimmt das Schicksal seinen Lauf.

Once & Future King

Once & Future King

Author: T. H. White Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

The definitive modern take on the timeless tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round table. The legends of King Arthur date back to medieval Europe, and have become some of the dominant myths of Western culture. In The Once & Future King, T. H. White reinvents the story for a modern audience. The novel starts by introducing the reader to a young Arthur just a child, and far from the King he will become as he is raised by the wizard Merlyn, and moves on to chronicle his rise to Kingship, the affair between Guinevere and Lancelot, and the eventual destruction of the round table. The first section, released independently as The Sword in the Stone, was adapted into an animated film by Walt Disney Pictures. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

The Goshawk With a new foreword by Helen Macdonald

The Goshawk With a new foreword by Helen Macdonald

Author: T. H. White Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

With a foreword by Helen Macdonald, author of the multi-award-winning H IS FOR HAWK. 'No hawk can be a pet. There is no sentimentality. In a way, it is the psychiatrist's art. One is matching one's mind against another mind with deadly reason and interest. One desires no transference of affection, demands no ignoble homage or gratitude. It is a tonic for the less forthright savagery of the human heart.' First published in 1951, T.H. White's memoir describes with searing honesty his attempt to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird to master. With no previous experience and only a few hopelessly out-of-date books on falconry as a guide, he set about trying to bend the will of his young bird Gos to his own. Suffering setback after setback, the solitary and troubled White nonetheless found himself obsessively attached to the animal he hoped would one day set him free.

Goshawk

Goshawk

Author: T. H. White Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2015

The predecessor to Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk, T. H. White's nature-writing classic, The Goshawk, asks the age-old question: What is it that binds human beings to other animals? White, author of The Once and Future King and Mistress Masham's Repose, was a young writer who found himself rifling through old handbooks of falconry. A particular sentence-"e;the bird reverted to a feral state"e;-seized his imagination, and, White later wrote, "e;A longing came to my mind that I should be able to do this myself. The word 'feral' has a kind of magical potency which allied itself to two other words, 'ferocious' and 'free.'"e; Immediately White wrote to Germany to acquire a young goshawk. Gos, as White named the bird, was ferocious and Gos was free, and White had no idea how to break him in beyond the ancient (and, as it happened, long superseded) practice of depriving him of sleep, which meant that he, White, also went without rest. Slowly man and bird entered a state of delirium and intoxication, of attraction and repulsion that looks very much like love.White kept a daybook describing his volatile relationship with Gos-at once a tale of obsession, a comedy of errors, and a hymn to the hawk. It was this that became The Goshawk, one of modern literature's most memorable and surprising encounters with the wilderness-as it exists both within us and without.

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