The Complete 1922 Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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9780954641818: The Complete 1922 Seven Pillars of Wisdom
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The text of T.E. Lawrence's "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" that was published for general circulation in 1935 was in fact an abridgement, prepared by Lawrence for the one-volume subscription edition he had issued in 1926. The abridgement was made from a fuller text he had completed, but not published, in 1922. At about 334,500 words, the 1922 text is a third longer than the published version. The 1922 text remained unpublished until 1997, when Jeremy Wilson assisted by Richard Westwood edited a "best text" from the two surviving sources. One of these was Lawrence's manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The other was his personal annotated copy of an uncorrected 8-copy proof-printing made in 1922 at the 'Oxford Times' printing works (Lawrence had found this cheaper than having eight copies typed). Th edited "best text" was published by Castle Hill Press in 1997 as "Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text". In 2003/4 it was reissued in private and trade editions. For these the text was rechecked and slightly revised. Hazel H. Bell contributed a scholarly 49-page index, which went on to win the Wheatley Medal. This 2014 paperback edition uses the same typesetting as the 2003/4 one-volume editions, but there have been a number of amendments to the text and index. These arose largely from geographical research by the translators of the Japanese edition. Contemporaries such as E.M. Forster and Robert Graves who read both the Oxford Times proof-printing and the 1926 subscribers abridgement preferred the former, since the writing-style is easier and more natural. It unquestionably the more important text for anyone interested in the history of the Arab Revolt or in Lawrence's biography. For the sake of readability, no attempt has been made to to cram this huge text into a single volume. The page format and type size is the same as it was in the 2003/4 hardbacks. Jeremy Wilson has written a new foreword for this edition, and Lawrence's wartime 'Twenty-seven Articles' have been added as an appendix.

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T. E. Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia" became famous for his role as a British Liaison Officer with the guerrilla Arab Forces during the Arab Revolt of 1916-18. 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', his account of his experiences in the Revolt, became a world classic. He also made one of the most successful translations of Homer's 'Odyssey', which has remained continuously in print since 1932.

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Published by Castle Hill Press /J & N Wilson, Fordingbridge (2014)
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Book Description Castle Hill Press /J & N Wilson, Fordingbridge, 2014. Paperback. Condition: Fine. Third Edition with Amendments. A fine new paperback edition of the original text of T E Lawrence's great book of his part in the First World War. Published now for the first time in a two volume paperback edition by Castle Hill Press. If Seven Pillars interests you as history, or travel literature or autobiography, read the Oxford text. It's a third longer than the subscribers' abridgement and contains all kinds of interesting things you won't find there" Jeremy Wilson, T.E. Lawrence's authorised biographer. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Seller Inventory # 052706

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