A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 561 pages
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When this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography first appeared in 1976, it rescued T. E. Lawrence from the mythologizing that had seemed to be his fate. In it, John Mack humanely and objectively explores the relationship between Lawrence's inner life and his historically significant actions.

Extensive interviews, far-flung correspondence, access to War Office dispatches and unpublished letters provide the basis for Mack's sensitive investigation of the psychiatric dimensions of Lawrence's personality. In addition, Mack examines the pertinent history, politics, and sociology of the time in order to weigh the real forces with which Lawrence contended and which impinged upon him.

  

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I selected this biography, among the many written about TE Lawrence because of the Pulitzer and because of its reputation of being balanced. Reviews of other biographies warn of hagiography or ... Read full review

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I selected this biography, among the many written about TE Lawrence because of the Pulitzer and because of its reputation of being balanced. Reviews of other biographies warn of hagiography or ... Read full review

Contents

Chapmans and Lawrences
3
Childhood and Adolescence
18
The Burden of Illegitimacy
26
Youth
35
Introduction
37
Literary Influences
41
Crusader Castles
48
Lawrence at Jesus College 19071910
56
The Shattering of the Dream
226
Introduction
245
Leaving Damascus Behind
255
At the Paris Peace Conference
263
London and All Souls
274
The Political Settlements in
297
An Overview
319
The First RAF Enlistment
332

The First Trip to the Middle East 1909
68
Lawrence at Carchemish
76
The Epic Dream and the Fact of War
99
The War Years 19141918
109
Introduction
111
The Background of the Arab Revolt
113
Two Years in Cairo 19141916
130
The Course of the Arab Revolt
147
The Capture of Damascus
166
The Achievements of Aurens
175
The Question of Motivation
187
Lawrence the Enabler
198
The Conflict of Responsibility
210
The Heroic Legend and the Hero
216
The Years in the Tanks
340
Cranwell
355
India
362
Mount Batten
377
Boats Boats Boats
388
Retirement and Death
406
Intimacy Sexuality and Penance
415
Lawrence Assayed
442
TwentySeven Articles
463
Chapter Notes
471
Bibliography
529
Copyright Acknowledgments
539
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About the author (1998)

John Mack, M.D., was Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Founding Director of the Center for Psychology and Social Change, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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