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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights - Illustrated: Tolkien's Bookshelf #9 (Volume 9) Paperback – June 1, 2013
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About the Author
Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 - November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy. In 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University). After 1900, he founded his own school of art and illustration, named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The scholar Henry C. Pitz later used the term Brandywine School for the illustration artists and Wyeth family artists of the Brandywine region, several of whom had studied with Pyle. Some of his more notable students were N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Elenore Abbott, Ethel Franklin Betts, Anna Whelan Betts, Harvey Dunn, Clyde O. DeLand, Philip R. Goodwin, Violet Oakley, Ellen Bernard Thompson Pyle, Olive Rush, Allen Tupper True, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Jessie Willcox Smith. His 1883 classic publication The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood remains in print, and his other books, frequently with medieval European settings, include a four-volume set on King Arthur. He is also well known for his illustrations of pirates, and is credited with creating what has become the modern stereotype of pirate dress. He published his first novel, Otto of the Silver Hand, in 1888. He also illustrated historical and adventure stories for periodicals such as Harper's Weekly and St. Nicholas Magazine. His novel Men of Iron was adapted as the movie The Black Shield of Falworth (1954).
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This is the first book in the series and it deals mainly with King Arthur and the beginning of the Round Table. The second, The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, examines several different knights and is also a great read. The third, The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions, tells the tale of Sir Launcelot from the beginning of this life and is a wonderful insight into his noble nature. The fourth and last, The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur, while an excellent book, is sad, as it tells of the demise of Great Britain and the Round Table. It is only a fitting end, however, since man always finds a way to ruin the good and beautiful. All in all, this is an excellent series and should be on the shelf of every King Arthur fan.
The illustrations are, of course, black and white and they are nice.
It's certainly not worth six dollars.
If the page images were large enough to see, and if you didn't have to zoom in each time you turned a page, then it might be an okay version, since it won't have any of the typos typical of OCR text. But