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Interesting--I've certainly never read an edition with the events that you've described. Looked into it and it sounds as if the version you read as a child may have been the stand-alone edition of The Sword in the Stone, rather than the version of it that White revised in preparation for the one-volume The Once and Future King. Sounds like he subtracted substantial bits (the Anthropophagi and Madam Mim), but also introduced new scenarios, which I won't spoil if you haven't read them yet. I'll have to look into the stand-alone versions of the books, as it seems like some of them are substantially different.

 

Recently Finished:

 

Under Milk Wood (1954), by Dylan Thomas

A lovely bit of play-writing by Thomas that tells the 'story' of how an average day transpires in a small Welsh village. Mostly comic, but sprinkled with a few moments of great sadness, and of course, being written by Dylan, passages of heart-pumping poetry.

I think there are some bits that have been moved about, and it seems that the Anthropophagi raid was replaced with Morgana le Fay's castle for the American edition of the standalone book. According to Wikipedia, the author wasn't all that happy with that chapter, and probably took the opportunity to make other revisions at the same time too.

 

The version I first read was the standalone one of 'The Sword in the Stone'. Then it was incorporated into 'The Once and Future King' and, at a later date, 'The Book of Merlyn' (originally published separately and later) was also incorporated. I'll be interested to see if the tone of that section has been changed and if it affects the mood of the ending of the book as much as the standalone volume did. 

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I think there are some bits that have been moved about, and it seems that the Anthropophagi raid was replaced with Morgana le Fay's castle for the American edition of the standalone book. According to Wikipedia, the author wasn't all that happy with that chapter, and probably took the opportunity to make other revisions at the same time too.

 

The version I first read was the standalone one of 'The Sword in the Stone'. Then it was incorporated into 'The Once and Future King' and, at a later date, 'The Book of Merlyn' (originally published separately and later) was also incorporated. I'll be interested to see if the tone of that section has been changed and if it affects the mood of the ending of the book as much as the standalone volume did. 

I hadn't ever investigated the textual history of these books before, so this is pretty cool to see. I'm interested to see what you find, as well, given your personal history with pre-revision editions. 

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I hadn't ever investigated the textual history of these books before, so this is pretty cool to see. I'm interested to see what you find, as well, given your personal history with pre-revision editions. 

Finished it. 'The Book of Merlyn' reminded me that Wart's childhood adventure with the grass snake (T.Natrix) is also omitted from this edition of 'The Sword in the Stone', although the snake is still part of the council before the final battle, as is the goat. 

 

For information on the differences, start from the second paragraph of page 33 of this study of the book: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EC8aSASe0CgC&pg=PA31&lpg=PA31&dq=the+once+and+future+king+different+editions&source=bl&ots=j07NEbwxQ3&sig=D-8bsD3eAlKTfhDegNDIWqT-Wsk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CE8Q6AEwB2oVChMIqv22sLfLxwIVRI_bCh0-twkF#v=onepage&q=the%20once%20and%20future%20king%20different%20editions&f=false

 

I had also forgotten the adventure with the giant, Galapas.

 

All in all, still a beautiful piece of writing.


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Finished it. 'The Book of Merlyn' reminded me that Wart's childhood adventure with the grass snake (T.Natrix) is also omitted from this edition of 'The Sword in the Stone', although the snake is still part of the council before the final battle, as is the goat. 

 

For information on the differences, start from the second paragraph of page 33 of this study of the book: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EC8aSASe0CgC&pg=PA31&lpg=PA31&dq=the+once+and+future+king+different+editions&source=bl&ots=j07NEbwxQ3&sig=D-8bsD3eAlKTfhDegNDIWqT-Wsk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CE8Q6AEwB2oVChMIqv22sLfLxwIVRI_bCh0-twkF#v=onepage&q=the%20once%20and%20future%20king%20different%20editions&f=false

 

I had also forgotten the adventure with the giant, Galapas.

 

All in all, still a beautiful piece of writing.

Thanks for the link, made for some great morning reading. 

 

Recently Finished:

 

The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner

I'm sorry it took me so long to read a Faulkner novel. Can't wait to read another one. It's a challenging read for a good chunk of its length, but not at all deserved of the 'impenetrable' reputation that it's gathered--as difficult as the first half of the novel is, the second half does not pretend that readers understood everything thus far, so even if you struggle to understand what's happening, it ought to be pretty clear by the end. 

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Recently Finished:

 

Venus and Adonis (1593), by William Shakespeare

'Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear, or like a fairy trip upon the green, or, like a nymph, with long dishevell'd hair, dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen...'

 

Had a lot of time to read today, but instead spent it listening to music and playing video games. Regretted doing so, and decided to partially make up for it by reading and finishing something. Shakespeare seemed like the way to go. Also took the time to bang out a (subject to change) list of books that I'll be reading/re-reading/skimming after I've completed Graves's The Golden Fleece, in case any of you would care to join me, though not necessarily the order that I'll be reading them in. Here we go:

 

Books I might read over the next few months/year:

 

∙ Satyricon (1st century AD), by Petronius

∙ Deeds of the Kings of the English (1125), by William of Malmesbury

∙ The New Life (1295), by Dante Alighieri

∙ Piers Plowman (14th century), by William Langland

∙ Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), by Galilieo Galilei

∙ Paradise Lost (1667), by John Milton

∙ The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), by Sigmund Freud

∙ Vile Bodies (1930), by Evelyn Waugh

∙ Radetzky March (1932), by Joseph Roth

∙ Finnegans Wake (1939), by James Joyce

∙ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey

∙ Shakespeare (1970), by Anthony Burgess

∙ Nag Hamadi Scriptures (2007 translation and critical text, by Marvin Meyer)

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Not anything now but I plan on starting American Gods.

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R.I.P.

 

Enjoyed several books of this great man.

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Not anything now but I plan on starting American Gods.

 

Oooo I really remember enjoying this book when it first came out, but haven't read it since. Perhaps I shall have to do so. 

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Currently (finally!) reading Simon Singh's "Fermat's Last Theorem", a book I've had in my to be read-pile for years. So far I am enjoying it immensely - Singh is a master at simplifying complicated subjects just enough to make them understandable without making them banal.

 

Once I'm done with it, I guess I'll bring out Oliver Sacks' "The man who mistook his wife for a hat" for a re-read; it's been quite a while since I last read it.

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