T.H. White was born in Bombay, India, in 1906, educated at Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, England, and graduated with first class honors in English from Queen's College, Cambridge, in 1928. He became a school teacher at Stowe and dedicated himself to the study of medieval life. In 1936 he left teaching to write full-time, and eventually retired to the Channel Island of Alderney, where he lived until his death.
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. 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 died on 17 January 1964 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.
Among T.H. White's other books are: "The Book of Beasts," 1955, which was reprinted in paper by Putnam in 1960 as "The Bestiary" and sold over 20,000 copies; "The Elephant and the Kangaroo"; "The Age of Scandal," "The Goshawk," and "The Master."