Seven Pillars of Wisdom
With an Introduction by Angus Calder.
As Angus Calder states in his introduction to this edition, 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the major statements about the fighting experience of the First World War'. Lawrence's younger brothers, Frank and Will, had been killed on the Western Front in 1915. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, written between 1919 and 1926, tells of the vastly different campaign against the Turks in the Middle East - one which encompasses gross acts of cruelty and revenge and ends in a welter of stink and corpses in the disgusting 'hospital' in Damascus.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is no Boys Own Paper tale of Imperial triumph, but a complex work of high literary aspiration which stands in the tradition of Melville and Dostoevsky, and alongside the writings of Yeats, Eliot and Joyce.
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Review: Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)User Review - Jan - Goodreads
The impression that lingers with me after reading this work - is the refreshingly otherwordly way Arabs are described. They are portrayed in a way, that would be difficult to achieve in today's world ... Read full review
Review: Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)User Review - Alan James - Goodreads
and so I turned these tides of men into my hands that you might be smiling for me when we came. good poem, but typical English outrage at the treatment of the aboriginal. a good read, but tedious in places. Read full review
introduction Foundations of Revolt
The Discovery ofFeisal
Opening the Arab Offensive
The Raid upon the Bridges
The Dead Sea Campaign
The Ruin of High Hope