T.H. White (Terence Hanbury White)
BiographyBombay, Maharashtra, British India [now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India]
T. H. White was born in India, where his father was a member of the Indian Civil Service, and was educated at Cheltenham and Queen's College, Cambridge. He was an English master at Stowe School from 1930 to 1936, and while there, completed his first real critical success, England Have My Boneswhich was an autobiographical account of his country life. He afterward devoted himself exclusively to writing and to studying such obscure subjects as the Arthurian legends, which were to provide the material for his books. Read more... his time hunting, fishing, and looking after his often strange collection of pets. He was a novelist, a satirist, and a social historian who probably was best known for his brilliant adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's 15th-century romance, Morte d'Arthur into the quartet of novels called The Once and Future King. He wrote books about hunting and other sports, a detective novel, books of adventure and fantasy, and many short stories and poems. He published a book of poems while still at Cambridge (Loved Helen and Other Poems), and continued to write poetry throughout his life. He died aboard ship in Greece while returning home from his American lecture tour. His last book, America At Last, which was published after his death, records the tour.