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World War One - T.E. Lawrence

T.E. Lawrence and journalist Lowell Thomas (right)

T.E. Lawrence: On Allenby's Right (Liberty Magazine, 1936)

"General Storrs said, 'I want you to meet Colonel Lawrence, the uncrowned king of Arabia.'"
"Now it all came back to me!
This was the man Todd Gilney had spoken of - the man who had fostered the Arab revolt against Turkish rule. He was the leader who had singlehandedly welded a hundred warring desert tribes into a compact fighting force which now protected Allenby's right wing."


T.E. Lawrence (NY Times, 1919)

"One of the most romantic figures of the entire war was Thomas Lawrence, a young Oxford graduate who had specialized in archeology... To Colonel Lawrence more than any other man was due the efficient organization of the Hejaz Army. He worked in perfect harmony with King Hussein and Prince Faisal, to whom he was second in command."

Read other articles from 1919.


T.E. Lawrence and the Literary Coup of 1935 (Literary Digest, 1935)

The accidental death of T.E. Lawrence (1888 1935) triggered an event within the publishing world that was much discussed in all quarters:

"The Saturday Review of Literature, weekly guidepost for the literati, last week scooped the world with an air-tight exclusive story that was scheduled to be front page news fourteen years hence. The editorial coup was a review of Thomas Edward Lawrence's final book, The Mint, which by the terms of his will was not to be made known to the world until 1950."


T.E. Lawrence: Tiresome Literary Celebrity (Literary Digest, 1933)

Hannen Swaffer (1879 1962), long-time dead British journalist who once presided as the Grand Pooh-Bah of Fleet Street's chattering classes declared in this editorial that one by one the war heroes of the past are being debunked and now it is Lawrence's turn...

Read these various accounts that serve as proof that there is a life after this one.


T.E. Lawrence of Arabia (Saturday Review of Literature, 1930)

This is a 1930 review of of Gurney Slade's fictionalized account of the World War One Arab revolt, In Lawrence's Bodyguard. The book was intended as a novel for boys and is here reviewed anonymously by one who was simply credited as, A Friend of T.E. Lawrence. Gurney Slade (pen name for Stephen Bartlett) was libeled as "a man of taste and sensibility" and the novel was generally well liked.

"'The Arab business was a freak in my living; in ordinary times I'm plumb normal.' Normal, yes; but only the normally strong arise to be normal after trial and error."

You might also like to read this 1933 article about T.E. Lawrence.

Click here to read about Lawrence's posthumous memoir and the literary coup of 1935.


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