The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

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Simon and Schuster, 1954 - Juvenile Fiction - 312 pages
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Howard Pyle’s adaptation of the Arthurian Legends has adventure and excitement within every page. First published in 1902, his work appeals to all ages and contains a wealth of Pyle’s marvelous drawings. As one of the popular illustrators of his time, Pyle’s depictions of the story serve as perfect companions to his text. "The Story of King Arthur and His Knights" is the first of four Arthurian works adapted by Pyle. He continued with "The Story of the Champions of the Round Table," "The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions," and "The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur." In every work, he excels at maintaining the traditional feel of the stories but alters the language to make it appealing and easier to read for a 20th-century audience. Today, Howard Pyle’s dramatic retelling of the King Arthur tales remains a fresh and thrilling piece of Arthurian literature.

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User Review  - Arkrayder - LibraryThing

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights was a good book. I would recommend the book. However, its not perfect. the story is slow-placed at times, and some parts of the story aren't explained, leaving a few plot-holes. but other than that it is good. Read full review

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User Review  - 1derlys - LibraryThing

This is a classic that deserves a place on the bookshelf in any home. It has mystery, adventure, battles, and friendship, love, betrayal and memorable characters that live forever in the mind. By way ... Read full review


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How Queen Morgana le Fay Meditated Evil Against King Arthur
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About the author (1954)

Howard Pyle was born March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. Pyle was a Quaker and attended the Friends' School in Wilmington. At sixteen he began three years of daily commutes to Philadelphia in order to study under the Belgian artist Van der Weilen. After three years of study, he set up a studio in Wilmington and helped his father in his leather business while beginning his fledgling career as an illustrator. His earliest work was published in Scribner's Monthly in 1876. He moved to New York, where he was associated to some extent with the Art Students' league of New York City during 1876-77. His early illustrations, short stories and poems appeared in the leading New York periodicals in 1876-79. He was also an artist and writer for Harpers Weekly. Pyle's color pictures appeared in issues of Century, Everybody's and Harpers monthly magazines from 1900 to 1911. Pyle devoted his art work almost entirely to the production of illustrations which appeared in periodicals and books. He also shared his views and skills with the student body at his 1896 classes at the Drexel Institute of Arts and Sciences in Philadelphia, his summer classes at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his own school in Wilmington, Delaware - started in 1903. Pyle's students were to revolutionize the illustration world. Today they are collectively known as The Brandywine School. Pyle is the author and illustrator of the following works: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Nottinghamshire published in 1883; Within the Capes published in 1885; Pepper and Salt, or Seasoning for Young Folk published in 1887; The Rose of Paradise also published in 1887; The Wonder Clock or Four and Twenty Marvelous Tales published in 1888; Otto of the Silver Hand also published in 1888; A Modern Aladdin published in 1891); Men of Iron, a Romance of Chivalry published in 1892; Jack Ballister's Fortune published in 1894; Twilight Land published in 1895; and The Garden Behind the Moon published in 1895. In 1910, Howard Pyle relocated his family to Florence, Italy where he hoped to study and pursue the painting of murals. It was his second trip abroad. On November 9 of 1911, he suddenly became ill and died of a kidney infection at the age of 58. His ashes were interred there.

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