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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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Jeremy Wilson


Page updated May 2012

Outline chronology: 1927

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On 7 January Lawrence arrives at the RAF depot at Drigh Road in Karachi. He is posted to the Engine Repair Section as a clerk. His initial reaction to India is one of dislike. He decides that he will never leave the camp, and begins spend more time on correspondence, notably with Charlotte Shaw.


Revolt in the Desert is published in Britain on 10 March and in America nineteen days later. It receives excellent reviews and becomes a best-seller. The royalty earned is very rapidly sufficient to repay Lawrence's debts. Once that is done, he uses a clause in the contract to halt publication in Britain. Sales continue in America, and there are many translations. 


Lawrence decides to change his name officially to Shaw.


Robert Graves is commissioned to write a biography of Lawrence for Cape and Doran. At first, this is to be an adventure book for boys, and Graves is given only six weeks to produce it. However, the project is soon changed to a biography for adults. Lawrence helps Graves by sending lengthy autobiographical notes. At around the same time, Lawrence begins to transform the jottings he had made at the RAF recruits' training depot in 1922 into a new book (completed the following year as The Mint).


Draft for the first part of Graves's book reaches Lawrence in Karachi. Lawrence is disappointed to find that much of it consists of straight paraphrase from Seven Pillars.


Lawrence begins contributing a series of reviews to the Spectator under the pseudonym Colin Dale. The first, an appreciation of novels by D. H. Lawrence, is well received.


The Boys' Life of Colonel Lawrence - a children's book by Lowell Thomas - is published.


Graves's Lawrence and the Arabs is published.

Youth |1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935

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