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T H Whites The Once and Future King is one of the most complete and unique portrayals of the immortal legend of King Arthur Though it has been in print for less than half a century it has already been declared a classic by many and is often referred to as the bible of Arthurian legend White recreates the epic saga of King Arthur from his childhood education and experiences until his very death in a truly insightful and new way This is not however the first complete novel of Arthurs life In the fifteenth century Sir Thomas Malory wrote Morte dArthur the first complete tale of Arthurs life Since then a countless number of books have been written on the subject yet none can compare to The Once and Future King It has easily become the most popular of all the Arthurian novels as it is loved by both children and adults Though similar in many ways to other works of the same subject such as Malorys White gives new details meanings and insightful modernization to the story giving it an earthy quality which the reader can identify with Whites rendering of the Arthurian legend differs from the traditional versions in that he includes contemporary knowledge and concepts adds new stories and characters to the legend and provides new perspectives by probing deeper into the existing talesIt is the contemporary tone in The Once and Future King which gives the novel its present-day feeling This helps the reader to relate to the story rather than placing it in strictly within the context of the Arthurian period For example early in the novel Eton College is referred to which White then points out was not founded until 1440 but the place was nevertheless of the same sort4 Another example of anachronism can be found during a discussion between Merlyn and Wart when Merlyn exclaims Castor and Pollux blow me to Bermuda 86 During the days
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