Donald Barthelme, The King

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King Arthur’s postmedieval return has fulfilled the promise said to be written on his tombstone in Thomas Malory’s

Morte D’Arthur

. Fascination with “the once and future King” and his Knights of the Round Table indeed “changed his life” from an ancient mythical king to a living literary legend (Malory 21.7:35; 33). Arthur has survived in literature and visual arts over centuries, and the lifecycle of his myth continues today because the values, themes, motifs, symbols, and characters of his universe are easily transferable or adaptable to modern contexts, genres, media, and audiences. The contemporary Arthurs of movies, documentaries, videogames, cartoons, comics, romances, graphic novels, and translations are avatars of the legendary king whose eternal return makes his…

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Citation: Ayed, Wajih. "The King". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 April 2024 [, accessed 15 April 2024.]

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