The 1967 biography of T H White, the author of The Sword in the Stone and The Goshawk, by the author of Lolly Willowes and Kingdoms of Elfin.
T H White, author of the much-loved The Once and Future King and many other works of English literature, died in Greece from a heart attack in 1964, aged 57. When the eminent novelist and critic Sylvia Townsend Warner heard of his death she wrote in her diary: ‘T H White is dead, alas! – a friend I never managed to have.’ He had sent her his poems but they had never met.
A few months later Warner was invited by White’s executors to write his biography. She visited his home in Alderney in the Channel Islands to see what material was available and felt that he followed her around in his house: ‘his angry, suspicious, furtive stare directed at my back, gone when I turned around’. When she finished his biography, nearly three years later, she wrote, ‘O Tim, I don’t like to lose you … it has been a strange love story between an old woman and a dead man’.
Are you interested in biography, fantasy, falconry, nature, LGBTQ+ lives, The Sword in the Stone and/or T H White? This book is for you.