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Terence Hanbury White

Terence White was an English novelist, born in Bombay, India in AD1906.

He received the majority of his education in England, firstly at Cheltenham College, then later at Queen’s College, Cambridge. White’s most renown work was his tetralogy based on Arthurian legend entitled ‘The Once and Future King’ (AD1958). The first part, ‘The Sword in the Stone’, completed in AD1937, is a much loved children’s classic. The tetralogy provides a clear insight into a man who combines  the romantic and historical Arthur together with his strong views on pacifism, expressing these through the words of King Arthur himself to Tom of Newbold Revel (Sir Thomas Malory) on the eve of the Battle of Camlan. It is thought that White became a pacifist after personally living through both World War I and World War II.

White’s most notable appointment was as a school master at Stowe, England following his graduation from Cambridge. He left Stowe in AD1936 moving to live in a gamekeeper’s cottage close to his place of employment.

Although internationally known for his writing in private White was a keen fisherman and falconer, reputed to have had a great interest in nature which was reflected in his knowledge on a range of subjects. White’s love of nature and his beliefs on the abolition of violence and war, believing them to be possible and desirable, can also be seen in his work of 1951 entitled ‘The Goshawk’, a piece that is set at the beginning of World War II. He was also known to be a keen sportsman.

Died in 1964.