Gertrude Bell: The Arabian Diaries, 1913-1914

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Rosemary O'Brien
Syracuse University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Gertrude Bell's Arabian Diaries, published here for the first time, rank as one of the great travel narratives, carrying readers along on a desperate and heroic journey that foreshadows the emergence of the future imperial servant in Baghdad in the 1920s. Bell's adventures are the stuff of novels: she rode with bandits, braved desert shamals, was captured by Bedouins, and sojourned in a harem. Called the most powerful woman in the British Empire, she counseled kings and prime ministers. He colleagues included Lloyd George and Winston Churchill, who in 1921 invited Bell--the only woman whose advice was sought--to the Cairo Conference to "determine the future of Mesopotamia." She numbered among her closest friends T.E. Lawrence, St. John Philby, and Arabian sheiks. Editor O'Brien preserves Bell's elegant, vibrant prose, and includes her photographs and excerpts of the love letters she exchanged with a married British army officer.--From publisher description.

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Gertrude Bell (1868 1926) was an adventurer, scholar, linguist, and British intelligence officer. Bell's courageous travels in the Islamic world of the Middle East in the late nineteenth century offered some of the first Western understandings of the culture and people of the lands of modern-day Iraq and Iran. Her translations of the poems of Hafiz are still considered by many scholars to be the most faithful of any in the English language.

Rosemary O'Brien has been writing professionally for over 18 years after working as an actress in New York City. She lives in Southern Connecticut and loves to write about her hometown of West Haven, Connecticut. SCRAPS was originally published in 2013 by another publisher and combined with her first novel, FIRST SATURDAY (2002), earned her a loyal readership. Visit to read more about Rosemary and her current projects.

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