The whole world knows and loves this book. It is the magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad. It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged.
T. H. White first gained popularity for his nonfiction works about the countryside of the United Kingdom, but he is best known today for his fantastic fiction. In his tetralogy The Once and Future King--called by Lin Carter in Imaginary Worlds "one of the most brilliant fantasy novels in literature"--he made the legends of King Arthur accessible for the twentieth century.