The extraordinary story of a boy called Wart – ignored by everyone except his tutor, Merlin – who goes on to become King Arthur.
‘Magnificent and tragic, and irrestible mixture of gaiety and pathos’
The Sunday Times
‘This ambitious work will long remain a memorial to an author who is at once civilized, learned, witty and humane’
Times Literary Supplement
T.H. White's masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic. Here for the first time all five volumes that make up the story are published in one volume, as White himself always wished.
Exquisite comedy offsets the tragedy of Arthur's personal doom as White brings to life the major British epic of all time with brilliance, grandeur, warmth and charm.
The complete edition
'The Sword in the Stone
The Witch in the Wood
The Ill-made Knight
The Candle in the Wind
The Book of Merlyn'
“Magnificent and tragic, an irresistible mixture of gaiety and pathos”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“This ambitious work will long remain a memorial to an author who is at once civilized, learned, witty and humane”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
It is the classic that gave us the eccentric druid Merlyn and his teachings through animals. It is also a famous anti-war treatise, searching for answers to this strange activity that this realistic Arthur was faced with. It is also a book steeped in knowledge of old England, with its traditions, lore or lingo.....The book really starts soaring when we encounter the sympathetic figure of Lancelot, and the book now and again showers us in sudden riches of wisdom and insight into these 3-dimensional characters, and thus the character of man.
T H White is no average author; he was for awhile a gamekeeper, living alone like Merlyn in the countryside. He writes suddenly, quirkily, untidily.....but if you stick with him you find a book more memorable and worth revisiting than possibly any other Arthurian epic written. The Book of Merlyn is indeed the last part, and it is perhaps the trickiest.....Good Luck!
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