T.E. Lawrence

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2003-11-01
Publisher(s): New York University Press
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This nicely written, well-illustrated, and generally balanced book, intersped with Lawrence's own statements and writings, provides an able introduction to the multifaceted life and legend of Lawrence of Arabia.--Military HeritageThis gem of a book has turned out well, very well indeed.--The HistorianA beautifully written, criticial narrative of Lawrence...Brown has done a tremendous job, with the aid of some lovely illustrations, of producing a readable and concise account based around an extensive selection of Lawrence's letters.--Military HistoryT.E. Lawrence (1888-1935)--known worldwide as Lawrence of Arabia-- was many people in one: scholar, archaeologist, intelligence officer, guerrilla leader, diplomat, aspiring writer, and ordinary serviceman hiding under aliases from the celebrity he had first largely created and then come to despise. Illegitimate, but with aristocratic connections, an outsider yet also at ease with, and much admired by, many of his finest contemporaries, he was a man forever on the run, whether as a youth searching for fresh experience and fame, or a middle-aged figure seeking sanctuary both from his reputation and from a sense of guilt, resulting from wartime experiences from which he could never break free. Deeply religious by background, sexually ambiguous and always on the edge, he craved for peace, but was also convinced he deserved punishment.This new biography by Malcolm Brown, a well-known authority on Lawrence, is part fast-moving adventure story, part modern morality tale, and places special emphasis on the years of the Arab revolt: the period that both made Lawrence and broke him.Thoroughly illustrated with portraits, a rich range of photographs, letters in Lawrence's hand and extracts from his writings, T.E. Lawrence presents a compelling portrait of a remarkable man.

Table of Contents

Introduction: a dreamer of the day 6(6)
1 A flawed inheritance 12(10)
2 Education of an adventurer 22(12)
3 From Carchemish to Cairo 34(18)
4 The desert war: the basis and the beginning 52(20)
5 The desert war: the action and the fulfilment 72(28)
6 Political campaigner: public celebrity 100(14)
7 Changes of identity 114(18)
8 Journey's end 132(12)
9 The rattling of the bones 144(10)
Chronology 154(2)
Further reading 156(1)
Index 157(3)
Acknowledgements 160

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