T.E. Lawrence: Biography of a Broken Hero

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McFarland, Sep 24, 2002 - History - 293 pages
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Lawrence of Arabia, as adviser to Prince Feisal, led camel-riding Bedouin in a guerrilla war against Turkey from Arabia to Damascus. The great British hero of World War I, he helped Winston Churchill draw the map of the modern Middle East, creating Jordan and making Feisal king of Iraq. Then, in 1922, he shed the rank of colonel and his name to serve as a private in the Royal Air Force until shortly before his death in 1935 at age 46. Lawrence has been characterized as a man with extraordinary powers and as an imposter who manufactured his own legend. This careful study, based on virtually all published and unpublished English-language sources, sides neither with Lawrence's eulogists nor with his denigrators. Presenting a fair, balanced picture of his life, it shows the lifelong continuity of his puzzling conduct: the often needless deviousness that troubled even close friends; the self-hatred and savage masochism that cursed his adult years.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chronology of Lawrences Life
5
A Rocket Flared and Fell
7
Life
9
Childhood and Youth 18881907
11
College and the East 19081914
15
War 19141918
25
Undiplomatic Battles 19181922
41
Eating and Living Habits
118
Possessions and Finances
122
Parents
136
Brothers
146
Friends
160
Illegitimacy and Pseudonyms
177
Sociable and Solitary
186
Political Outlook
195

In and Out of the RAF 1922
54
The Tank Corps 19231925
61
Back in the RAF 19251926
69
India 19271928
74
Seas and Shores 19291935
86
The Last Twelve Weeks 1935
100
Character and Conduct
109
Body and Appearance
111
My Name Is Legion
202
Masochism and Sexuality
218
Summing Up
233
Notes
243
Bibliography
269
Index
275
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The late Harold Orlans contributed to Minerva, The American Scholar, Change, Biography, and The Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society, and was the editor of Lawrence of Arabia, Strange Man of Letters, of which a reviewer said that he has "shown us , better than in all the biographies, the pulsing heart of Lawrence." He lived in Bethesda, Maryland.

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