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Who was 'Lawrence of Arabia'

Introductory biography

T. E. Lawrence as writer

Chronology of Lawrence's life




Memorials to Lawrence

Some quotations

T. E. Lawrence manuscripts

Books dedicated to Lawrence

Research and discussion

The state of T.E. Lawrence scholarship

Rejected legend

David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia


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Outline chronology: 1920

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Lawrence completes most of a new draft of Seven Pillars in four weeks, working at 14 Barton Street. The result is useful, but 'hopelessly bad as a text'. 


Lawrence returns to Oxford for the month. He joins a group that is privately urging the Government to set up a new Middle East Department.


Lawrence begins work on an abridgement of Seven Pillars with a view to publication in the United States, where publicity will not be an embarrassment. He hopes that the profits will pay for a building to house the printing press at Pole Hill. He abandons the project after drafting a few chapters, because he is advised that the income from publication in the US alone will not be very great.


Lawrence starts work on a polished draft of the complete text of Seven Pillars. He also begins to make contact with artists willing to execute portraits for the book. Notable among these is Eric Kennington, who agrees to travel to the Middle East to draw portraits of Arabs who took part.


While working on Seven Pillars, Lawrence also continues to campaign, privately and in the press, against the Middle East settlement.


Winston Churchill is appointed Colonial Secretary and makes plans to set up a Middle East Department. One of his principal tasks will be to find a solution to Britain's difficulties in Mesopotamia (approximately equivalent to modern Iraq). Attempts by the Imperial Government of India to impose a colonial administration there have provoked a large-scale rebellion.


On 4 December, Lawrence is invited to meet Churchill in London to discuss the problem of the Middle East. There are two further meetings that month.

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