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Literary works dedicated to T. E. Lawrence
Literary dedications to T. E. Lawrence include the following (listed in chronological order):
'The Pier Glass' (poem), dedicated 'To T. E. Lawrence, who helped me with it'. Published in The Pier Glass (London, Secker, 1921).
On English Poetry (London, Heinemann, 1922). Dedicated 'To T. E. Lawrence of Arabia and All Souls College, Oxford and to W. H. R. Rivers of the Solomon Islands and St. John's College, Cambridge, my gratitude for valuable critical help, and the dedication of this book'.
'The Clipped Stater' (poem), dedicated 'To Thomas Edward Shaw', published in Welchman's Hose (London, The Fleuron Press, 1925).
My Head! My Head! (London, Secker, 1925). Dedicated 'To T. E. Lawrence'.
E. M. Forster
The Eternal Moment (London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1928). Dedicated 'To T.E. in the absence of anything else'.
F. L. Lucas
Cécile (London, Chatto & Windus, 1930). Dedicated 'To the author of "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom"'.
'Apologia Dei' (essay), dedicated 'To T. E. Shaw'. Published in Scenes and Portraits (revised and enlarged edition, London, Peter Davies, 1930).
Julius Caesar (London, Peter Davies, 1932). Dedicated 'To my friend Aircraftsman T. E. Shaw' (sic., corrected to 'Aircraftman' in later printings).
B. H. Liddell Hart
The Ghost of Napoleon (London, Faber & Faber, 1933). Dedicated 'To "T.E." who trod this road before 1914'.
Salar the Salmon (London, Faber & Faber, 1935). Dedicated 'To T. E. Lawrence of Seven Pillars of Wisdom and V. M. Yeates of Winged Victory'.
The information above is taken from Lawrence of Arabia, the Authorised Biography by Jeremy Wilson (London, Heinemann, 1989) p. 1144.
T. E. Lawrence chronology
1888 16 August: born at Tremadoc, Wales
1896-1907: City of Oxford High School for Boys
1907-9: Jesus College, Oxford, B.A., 1st Class Hons, 1909
1910-14: Magdalen College, Oxford (Senior Demy), while working at the British Museum's excavations at Carchemish
1915-16: Military Intelligence Dept, Cairo
1916-18: Liaison Officer with the Arab Revolt
1919: Attended the Paris Peace Conference
1919-22: wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1921-2: Adviser on Arab Affairs to Winston Churchill at the Colonial Office
1922 August: Enlisted in the Ranks of the RAF
1923 January: discharged from the RAF
1923 March: enlisted in the Tank Corps
1923: translated a French novel, The Forest Giant
1924-6: prepared the subscribers' abridgement of Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1927-8: stationed at Karachi, then Miranshah
1927 March: Revolt in the Desert, an abridgement of Seven Pillars, published
1928: completed The Mint, began translating Homer's Odyssey
1929-33: stationed at Plymouth
1931: started working on RAF boats
1932: his translation of the Odyssey published
1933-5: attached to MAEE, Felixstowe
1935 February: retired from the RAF
1935 19 May: died from injuries received in a motor-cycle crash on 13 May
1935 21 May: buried at Moreton, Dorset