This paperback edition of Malcolm Brown’s seminal selection contains 470 of the most insightful, revealing and historically relevant letters written by Lawrence between 1905 and 1935. His remarkable epistles to contemporaries such as Lady Astor, Noel Coward, Robert Graves, Mrs. Thomas Hardy, and Mrs. George Bernard Shaw disclose both the inner man and the political and military visionary often obscured behind the mystery and myth of "Lawrence of Arabia.” Among the letters is a wealth of intriguing correspondence that divulges the true nature of Lawrence’s role in the Arab Revolt, his anxieties about his illegitimacy, and his secret feelings on women and sexuality. In their entirety, these letters describe a remarkable but tragic life and provide ample proof of a gifted literary mind.
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Each small but perfectly formed book in this series is unique. Designed and produced to please the eye, Little Books are perfect for giving—yet they are far more than gift books. Each compact volume offers expert information, sound advice, thought-provoking ideas, and inspiration—always from a respected and trusted source. Happy reading from Little Books."showing us T.E. Lawrence in all his indefinable humanity, as a traveller, scholar, soldier, writer, critic, politician, and supremely, friend."From Publishers Weekly:
Although he regarded letter-writing as "a bad habit," Lawrence of Arabia (Thomas Edward Lawrence, 1888-1935) wrote and received thousands of letters. Once he left the Middle East, he led a "comparatively empty" life, so his letters served as a lifeline to the outside world. Even his routine, casual notes were carefully crafted. Unlike the collections of 1938 and 1954, this is unexpurgated, containing many letters previously unavailable even to biographers, addressing correspondents such as E. M. Forster, Noel Coward, Ezra Pound, Augustus John and Charlotte (Mrs. G. B.) Shaw, Lawrence's most trusted epistolary confidant. Also included is much previously unpublished material about Lawrence during WW I, about his sexuality and about his state of mind in the last weeks of his life. Each letter is briefly but carefully annotated; none have been censored, even though Lawrence himself felt that they should not be held up to scrutiny by the public. The book is a major literary work.
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Book Description Little Books, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111904435432