White, T H

Terence Hanbury White (1906 - 1964) was an English writer born in Bombay (Mumbai), India. After graduating from Cambridge with a first-class degree in English, he taught for a few years at Stowe School before becoming a full-time writer.

He is most famous for writing The Once and Future King, a sequence of novels based on Sir Thomas Malory's 15th-Century romance Le Morte D'Arthur reinterpreting the legend of King Arthur. The Broadway musical Camelot and the Disney film The Sword in the Stone are both based on The Once and Future King. We probably owe much of our 'historical' knowledge of King Arthur to White's work.

A rather private and solitary man, he eventually retired to Alderney, one of the Channel Islands, but died from heart failure on a ship in Piraeus, Greece, while returning from a lecture tour in America.

White's work was an influence on science-fiction writer Michael Moorcock, and J K Rowling has acknowledged the influence of White's work on the Harry Potter novels.
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Mistress Masham's Repose, 1st UK edn 1947 (T H White)This title was first published in 1946 in the US.

ReproJacket #368-A-1, size 197.2x460mm
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The Book of Merlyn, 1st UK edn 1977 (T H White)The first UK edition of what was originally intended to be the final part of The Once and Future King.

Jacket design by Kenneth Farnhill using an internal illustration by Trevor Stubley.

ReproJacket #361-A-1, size 259.1x569mm
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The Book of Merlyn, 1st US edn 1977 (T H White)The first US edition of what was originally intended to be the final part of The Once and Future King.

Jacket illustration by Trevor Stubley.

ReproJacket #362-A-1, size 258.7x562mm
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The Godstone and the Blackymor, 1st edn 1959 (T H White)An autobiographical account of an enlightening period spent in Ireland.

Jacket illustration by Edward Ardizzone.

ReproJacket #428-A-1, size 203.2x484mm
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The Sword in the Stone, 1st edn 1938 (T H White)The first UK edition of perhaps his best-known work.  It became the first part of the tetralogy The Once and Future King (with some rewriting), and was filmed by Disney.

The jacket illustrations are uncredited, but are possibly by the author.

ReproJacket #349-A-1, size 201.5x513mm
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The Sword in the Stone, 1st edn 1939 (2nd printing) (T H White)The 2nd printing is identical to the 1938 1st except for the price, which has been rather mispositioned in this case.

The jacket illustrations are uncredited, but are possibly by the author.

ReproJacket #349-B-1, size 201.5x513mm