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Terence Hanbury White

(1906-1964), Novelist

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Born in Bombay, and educated in England, White read English at Cambridge. Illness interrupted his degree, and after a post in a preparatory school he was appointed head of the English Department at Stowe. There he acquired a passion for hunting, shooting and fishing, themes that predominate in his novels, which include Earth Stopped (1934) and The Goshawk (1951). He lived in Ireland in the 1940s, flirted with Catholicism and the priesthood, capturing his impressions in The Elephant and the Kangaroo (1948), in which he drew a self-portrait as Noah, and The Godstone and the Blackymor (1959). The trilogy The Once and Future King, based on Malory's La Morte d'Arthur, (1939-58) brought him fame and fortune.

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Terence Hanbury White, by Kenneth Hempel - NPG 6655

Terence Hanbury White

by Kenneth Hempel
bronze cast of head, 1950s
NPG 6655

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