TH White. A Biography

Sylvia Townsend Warner


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Handheld Classics
17 January 2023
ISBN: 9781912766741
300 pages

From the publisher

T H White. A Biography was published in 1967 and was Sylvia Townsend Warner’s greatest commercial success since her first novel, Lolly Willowes (1926). Her biography reveals White’s passions: for life, for learning, for all animals and birds, particularly hawks and dogs; his self-exile to Ireland during the Second World War, the creation of his tetralogy The Once and Future King, and the unexpected wealth and fame that came from The Sword in the Stone, the Disney cartoon and the Broadway musical Camelot. Warner treats White’s repression of his sexual predilections with humane understanding in this wise portrait of a tormented literary giant, written by a novelist and a poet.

White’s writing on falconry was the inspiration for Helen Macdonald’s acclaimed H is for Hawk.

The Introduction to this new edition is written by Gill Davies.