The Once and Future King

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Collins, 1958 - Arthurian romances - 677 pages
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The world's greatest fantasy classic is "richly imagined and unfailingly eloquent and entertaining" ("Booklist").

"The Once and Future King" is T.H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur, a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.

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Brilliant and nuanced characterization. - Goodreads
Unoriginal and lazy writing. - Goodreads
Wonderful book, with many insights - Goodreads
I loved Merlin and loved the ending. - Goodreads
I tried sohard to get into it but the prose is awful. - Goodreads
White uses a fun gimmick ( - Goodreads

Review: The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-5)

User Review  - Laurie Davis - Goodreads

This is so long, and not nearly as engaging as I would have liked. It's five books (which I didn't understand for some time), some of which I liked more than others. The writing style and genre vary ... Read full review

Review: The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-5)

User Review  - Leah - Goodreads

The first book, The Sword in the Stone, is wonderful. I wouldn't blink an eye at reading this to my children and recommending it to fellow Arthurian/fantasy/adventure readers. Many of us grew up ... Read full review

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About the author (1958)

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 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.

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