The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The Once and Future King

The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The Once and Future King

by T. H. White

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This magical account of King Arthur's last night on earth spent weeks on the New York Times best-seller list following its publication in 1977. Even in addressing the profound issues of war and peace, The Book of Merlyn retains the life and sparkle for which White is known. The tale brings Arthur full circle, an ending, White wrote, that "will turn my completed epic into a perfect fruit, 'rounded off and bright and done.'"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292742994
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 292,590
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Terence Hanbury "Tim" White, more commonly known as T. H. White (1906-1964) was born in Bombay, India and educated at Queen’s College, Cambridge. White taught for some years until he became a full-time writer. Along with The Goshawk, White was the author of 26 published works, including his famed sequence of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King, as well as his classic book The Sword in the Stone.

Table of Contents

  • Publisher's Statement
  • The Story of the Book
  • Introducing The Book Of Merlyn
  • The Book Of Merlyn

What People are Saying About This

Peter Green

This mythic political fable for our time wasn't published when it was written because the world wasn't ready for it.

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The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The Once and Future King 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A most disappointing finish to the genius of The Once And Future King. A large part of the book is simply a repeat - or maybe a rough draft (?) - of the experiences of Arthur's childhood education as the Wart; in particular, when Wart is turned into an ant and when he is turned into a goose. It's as if White had forgotten that he'd already written about it in The Sword and the Stone (which, in my opinion, had a much better, more polished version). The rest of the book is Merlyn's ramblings on communism, socialism, anarchy, nationalism, man's ferocity and need for war...All things which were beautifully suggested in The Once And Future King and did not need to be spelled out for us here (again and again and again...); as if the reader might not have been quite keen enough to pick up on the more subtle version in the first book. Parts of this book are interesting and entertaining and there is some great imagery, but mostly it is a worse account of the original book.
calmacita More than 1 year ago
The most brilliant pieces of writing I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
Art-LadyCD More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book because 'The Once and Future King' is wonderful. My hopes were dashed. This book is a rambling mess.
samlives2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book almost as much as The Once and Future King, but I wish it had been published with the original. It would have worked better and probably appealed to more people if it had been written as another chapter as opposed to its own volume.Nevertheless, I adored this book. Arthur, now an old and wizened king, goes back to the days of his boyhood, and learns a few more important lessons from Merlyn by being changed into animals and learning their ways. White's commentary is insightful, and though there is little plot progression or action, anyone willing to sit down and think will enjoy this volume just as much as The Once and Future King.
angeliquestratt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book of Merlyn loses itself in its political message. The plot is essentially nonexistent and most of the book consists of political commentary thinly masked as conversations between characters. This book lacks the character development and plot development of The Once and Future King. That said, I have to admit I had some good laughs reading this book. Its absurdity makes it humorous. This book can be read as a satire of White's work, and I found it enjoyable to read from that perspective. If it doesn't sound appealing solely for the humor, I'd avoid it.
alaskabookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intended to the be the fifth and final installment of White's "The Once and Future King" series, it never got included. Without it, "The Once and Future King" lacks closure. Apart from "The Once and Future King," "The Book of Merlyn" probably won't make sense. But White brings his meandering saga of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table full-circle with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago