Th White. a Biography: A Biography (Paperback)
On Our Shelves Now
T H White, author of The Sword in The Stone, The Once and Future King, The Goshawk, and many other works of English literature, died in Greece from a heart attack in 1964, aged 57. The eminent novelist and critic Sylvia Townsend Warner was asked to write his biography, now republished for a new generation. The biography was published in 1967 and was Warner's greatest critical success since her first novel, Lolly Willowes (1926). It reveals White's passion for life, for learning, and for animals and birds, particularly hawks and dogs; his self-exile to Ireland during the Second World War, the creation of The Sword in the Stone, the first in the tetralogy The Once and Future King, and the unexpected wealth and fame that came with the Disney cartoon of the same name, and the Broadway musical Camelot. Warner treats White's repressed sexual predilections with humane understanding in this wise portrait of a tormented literary giant, written by a novelist and a poet.