by T.H. White
T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone has been read by hundreds of thousands and retells the entire Arthurian Epic in this four book volume. The Once and Future King takes Arthur from his youth under the tutelage of his mysterious mentor, Merlin, who lives backwards through time, to the development of his court at Camelot and the knights of the Round Table to the last battle in the epic struggle between good and evil.
In part, T.H. White has drawn on published material which he has revised and reworked heavily to bring form and continuity to an overall work, a tetralogy which will stand as unique and vivid and quite apart from the individual effects of the various particular books. And in part the author has created new material as enchanting as any he has ever set on paper.
Reading level: High School and above
T.H. White was born in Bombay, India in 1906. He began to write after graduating with distinction from Queen's College, Cambridge. In 1938, he published "The Sword in the Stone," the first volume in what would become his epic retelling of Arthurian legends, "The Once and Future King."