Wednesday, May 29, 2013

T.H. White wrote King Arthur series

It is the birthday of English novelist T.H. White (1906), who is best remembered for his King Arthur series, The Once and Future King (1958), which included the novels The Sword in the Stone (1939), The Queen of Air and Darkness (also titled The Witch in the Wood) (1940), The Ill-Made Knight (1941) and The Candle in the Wind (1958). They were adaptations of Sir Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur (1485), the first written collection of tales about King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table. White also wrote an autobiographical volume, England Have My Bones (1936). The Once and Future King was the basis of the Broadway musical (1960) and subsequent film (1967) Camelot. After White's death, a fifth in the King Arthur series was discovered among his papers and published as The Book of Merlyn (1977).

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