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Jeremy Wilson

 

Page updated May 2012

Jeremy Wilson


  • Born 1944, British, married with two sons and a daughter, lives near Oxford, England.

  • Contemporary historian, writer and editor
    Educated: Balliol College, Oxford; LSE
    Currently: Research Fellow, Bristol University;
    Academic Visitor, Oxford University Dept. of History.

  • Wrote Lawrence of Arabia, The Authorised Biography (selected by the New York Times Review of Books as one of the fourteen best books of 1990)

  • Editor of several of Lawrence's works (see list of publications below) and series editor of the T.E. Lawrence Letters editions

  • Editor of the T.E. Lawrence Studies website

  • Co-owner with Nicole Wilson of Castle Hill Press, which is publishing a fine-press subscription edition of T.E. Lawrence's works and correspondence.

Contact:

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Education: 

A-levels: Mathematics, Higher Mathematics, Physics

Balliol College, Oxford, MA: Philosophy, Politics and Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc (Econ): International economic and political institutions; SSRC research award.

Biographical work:

1975: appointed Authorised Biographer of T. E. Lawrence

1988-9: consultant to the National Portrait Gallery for the Lawrence of Arabia Centenary Exhibition

1995: editor, www.telstudies.org [ongoing]

1997: moderator, T. E. Lawrence Studies List [ongoing]

2000: series editor, T. E. Lawrence: Letters [ongoing]

2005-6: joint historical adviser, with Malcolm Brown, to the Imperial War Museum for the exhibition T.E. Lawrence, the life, the legend

2009-11: member of the organising committee of the T.E. Lawrence exhibition held in Oldenburg and Cologne, Germany, 2010-11

Books and works edited relating to
T. E. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence Minorities [commonplace-book of poetry] ed. and intro. (pp. 17-50) by J.M. Wilson (London, Jonathan Cape, 1971; New York, Doubleday, 1972)

Lawrence of Arabia [set of slides with a commentary by Jeremy Wilson] (Oxford, The Ashmolean Museum, 1976)

T. E. Lawrence, Letters to E.T. Leeds ed. and intro. (pp. ix-xii) by Jeremy Wilson (Andoversford, Whittington Press, 1988)

T. E. Lawrence [exhibition catalogue] compiled by Jeremy Wilson [and others] (London, National Portrait Gallery, 1988; [abridged Japanese ed:] Tokyo, Shinshokan, 1989)

Lawrence of Arabia, The Authorised Biography by Jeremy Wilson (London, Heinemann, 1989; New York, Atheneum, 1990; [French:] Paris, Denoel, 1994. [Author's abridgement as 'concise edition':] New York, Collier, 1992; London, Mandarin, 1992; [Spanish:] Madrid, Circe, 1993; [Chinese] Taipei, Rye Field Publishing, 1995; [German:] Munich, Pail List, 1999; [Arabic:] Amman, 2000

Authorised Biographer by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 1989)

Lawrence of Arabia, by Jeremy Wilson  (Sutton Pocket Biographies, Stroud, Sutton Publishing, 1998). Audio edition as Lawrence of Arabia, A Concise Biography, read by Richard Derrington (Oxford, Isis Publishing, 1999). Chinese/English parallel text: (Beijing, FLTRP, 2002) 

www.telawrence.info [reference website] Ed. and principal contributor, 1997- 

T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text, ed. and intro. (pp. xxi-xxii) by Jeremy Wilson (3 vols, Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 1997)

T. E. Lawrence, Introduction to Seven Pillars of Wisdom [parallel texts of the 1924 first proof and the 1926 subscribers' text], ed. and pref. (p. viii) by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 1997)

T. E. Lawrence Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a Triumph, 1922 and 1926 Texts [printed in parallel], ed. and pref. (p. v) by Jeremy Wilson (2 vols, Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 1997)

T. E. Lawrence: Letters Vol. I: Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw 1922-1926, ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson; intro. (pp. xiii-xvi) by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2000)

T. E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill [property guide] by Jeremy Wilson (London, The National Trust, 2003)

T. E. Lawrence, Letters Vol. II: Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1927, ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, foreword (pp. xii-xvi) by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2003)

T. E. Lawrence Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text ed. and pref. (pp. xxi-xxv) by Jeremy Wilson (Library Edition, Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2003).Trade edition as The Complete 1922 Seven Pillars of Wisdom: The 'Oxford' Text (Fordingbridge, J. and N. Wilson, 2004; paperback 2014). French and Japanese translations.

Jeremy Wilson, Publishing the Oxford Text of Seven Pillars of Wisdom (100 copies, privately printed, 2004)

Jeremy Wilson, T. E. Lawrence at the Turn of the Century: The Physical Legacy (Fordingbridge, T.E. Lawrence Studies, 2004)

T. E. Lawrence, Letters Vol. III: Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1928, ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, intro. by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2008)

T.E. Lawrence, Military Report on the Sinai Peninsula, ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson. (Fordingbridge. Castle Hill Press, 2008)

T.E. Lawrence, Towards 'An English Fourth', ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2009)

T. E. Lawrence, Letters Vol. IV: Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1929-1935, ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, intro. by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press about 2009).

T. E. Lawrence, 'The Mint' and Later Writings about Service Life ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, intro. by Jeremy Wilson(Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2009, 2010)

T. E. Lawrence: Letters Vol. V: Correspondence with E. M. Forster and F. L. Lucas ed. Jeremy and Nicole Wilson; foreword (pp. xiv-xvi) by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2010)

T. E. Lawrence, Boats for the R.A.F. 1931-1935 ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson; intro.  (pp. xix-xxi) by Jeremy Wilson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2012)

T. E. Lawrence Letters, Vol. VI: More Correspondence with Writers ed. Jeremy and Nicole Wilson; intro.  (pp. xix-xxv) by Jeremy Wilson (Salisbury, Castle Hill Press, 2014)

T. E. Lawrence, The Complete 1922 Seven Pillars of Wisdom - The 'Oxford Text', foreword pp. xx-xxvii (2 vols, paperback, Salisbury, J. and N. Wilson, 2014)

T. E. Lawrence Letters: Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey' ed. Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, intro by Jeremy Wilson (pp. xvii-xxi), (Salisbury, Castle Hill Press, 2014)

T. E. Lawrence Letters: Correspondence with the Political Elite, ed. Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, (Salisbury, Castle Hill press, 2015)

T. E. Lawrence Letters, Vol. VII: Correspondence with Edward and David Garnett, ed. Jeremy and Nicole Wilson (Salisbury, Castle Hill press, 2016)

Forthcoming

T. E. Lawrence, Printing and Illustrating Seven Pillars of Wisdom, ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson with Jonathan Black (Salisbury, Castle Hill Press, 2017)

T. E. Lawrence: Letters from Carchemish, ed. by Jeremy Wilson and Peter Hibbert (Salisbury, Castle Hill Press)

 

Introductions, and articles in periodicals and newspapers
This list is incomplete

'T. E. Lawrence: Notes for Collectors', Antiquarian Book Monthly Review (Nos 3-4, April-May 1973, pp. 1-4; 3-6).

T. E. Lawrence Studies (periodical, single printed issue only, edited with contributions by Jeremy Wilson (Leffrinckoucke, T. E.  Lawrence Studies, 1976). The intention behind this journal was later developed in the T.E. Lawrence Studies website and discussion list. 

Introduction to T. E. Lawrence, The Mint (Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, 1978, pp. 15-25)

Preface to The Odyssey of Homer, translated by T. E. Lawrence (New York, Limited Editions Club, 1981, pp. xi-xviii)

Introduction to Maggs Bros., T. E. Lawrence  [antiquarian booksellers' catalogue] (London, Maggs. Bros., 1985)

'T. E. Lawrence and the Printing of Seven Pillars of Wisdom', in Matrix V (Andoversford, Whittington Press, 1985, pp. 55-69)

'Legend of the desert king' [feature article for the centenary of T. E. Lawrence's birth] in The Independent (London, 16 August 1988).

'True grit and pashas' [review of recent books on Lawrence] in the Daily Telegraph (London, 3 December 1988)

Entry for T. E. Lawrence in The Blackwell Biographical Dictionary of British Political Life in the Twentieth Century (Oxford, Blackwell, 1990, pp. 258-9)

Foreword to T. E. Lawrence: Letters Vo. IX, Correspondence with Henry Williamson (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2000, pp. xiii-xv)

Foreword to Adrien Le Corbeau / T. E. Lawrence, Le Gigantesque / The Forest Giant [parallel French and English text]  (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2004, pp. vii-xv).

Preface to T. E. Lawrence, An Invitation to British Columbia (Vancouver, Heavenly Monkey, 2005)

'Seven Pillars - triumph and tragedy', T.E. Lawrence Studies, 2006

'Lawrence re-imagined' in The Middle East in London (London, Middle East Institute, SOAS, Vol. 2., No. 7, December 2005-January 2006, pp. 10-11)

'T. E. Lawrence, the life, the legend' [exhibition review], Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research (Vol. 84, No. 337, Spring 2006, pp. 92-4)

Review of Lawrence of Arabia, an Encyclopedia by Stephen E.Tabachnick, English Literature in Transition (Vol. 49, No. 4, autumn 2006, pp. 441-4)

Review of The Hedjaz Railway by James Nicholson, T.E. Lawrence Studies, January 2007

'Frank Helier Lawrence', T.E. Lawrence Studies, January 2007

'Lawrence, the Arabs and Damascus', Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse (Canberra, Australian War Memorial, 2007, pp. 22-9)

'Suleiman Mousa 1919-2008', Jordan Times (Amman, 14 July 2008)

T. E. Lawrence, 'Playground Football' [book review], Parenthesis 15 (Fine Press Book Association, Autumn 2008, pp. 56-8).

'Excursions in Sinai' [introductory compilation] in T.E. Lawrence, Military Report on the Sinai Peninsula, ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson. (Fordingbridge. Castle Hill Press, 2008, pp. vii-xxxi)

Introduction to T.E. Lawrence, Towards 'An English Fourth', ed. by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2009 pp. vii-xii)

'Selling to a Niche Market' in Parenthesis 17 (Fine Press Book Association, Autumn 2009, pp. 23-7)

'T. E. Lawrence: Vom Traum zur Legende' in the catalogue to the exhibition Lawrence von Arabien; Genese eines Mythos (Mainz, Philipp von Zabern, 2010 pp. 17-26)

Foreword to the correspondence with E.M. Forster in T.E. Lawrence, Correspondence with E.M. Forster and F.L. Lucas (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2010 pp. xiv-xvi)

Foreword to T.E. Lawrence, Revolt in the Desert (London, Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2011, pp. 10-12)

Introduction to T.E. Lawrence, Boats for the R.A.F. 1929-1935 (Fordingbridge, Castle Hill Press, 2012, pp. xix-xxi)

Introduction to T. E. Lawrence, More Correspondence with Writers (Salisbury, Castle Hill Press, 2014, pp. xix-xxv)

Foreword to T. E. Lawrence, The Complete 1922 Seven Pillars of Wisdom - The 'Oxford Text'(Salisbury, J. and N. Wilson, 2014 pp. xx-xxvii)

 

Public lectures and papers given at Symposia, etc
(this list is incomplete)

National Portrait Gallery Symposium. National Portrait Gallery, London, 1989: The Legend of T. E. Lawrence

Royal Over-Seas League. London, 4 October 1989: Sense and Nonsense in the Biography of T. E. Lawrence

Imperial War Museum. London, 1990: Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Fact or Fiction?

FNAC. Talks (in French) in FNAC bookshops in Paris, Orleans, and Strasbourg

Santa Clara University, California, 'T. E. Lawrence at the End of the Twentieth Century: A Scholarly Conference'.  May 2000: Lawrence Biography at the Crossroads: Evidence, Speculation, Prejudice, and Invention

Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll, Germany, Lnderseminar: Jordanien April 2002: Geschichte - Politik - Biographie. Zusammenhnge und Hintergrnde (in English)

Tank Museum, Bovington, 20 October 2005, 'T. E. Lawrence in Dorset'.

Imperial War Museum, London, 11 March 2006, 'Lawrence of Arabia or Smith in the Desert'

Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, Lawrence of Arabia, Archaeologist, Ethnographer and Explorer', 22 April 2006, 'T.E. Lawrence at Carchemish and after: one man in successive contexts'

Imperial War Museum, London, 12 May 2007, 'Lawrence at Sea'

Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California, 6 October 2007, 'Victoria Ocampo, T.E. Lawrence's most extraordinary biographer'

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 9 December 2007, 'T.E. Lawrence and the capture of Akaba'

British Forces Cyprus battlefield tour, Jordan, May 2008
Historical guide, with David Thorpe (Field Director-Site of the GARP project). Gave a number of talks on aspects of the Arab Revolt and Lawrence's role.

Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg, Germany, 9 October 2009: T. E. Lawrence, From Dream to Legend [read in absentio]

Current World Archaeology/ Great Arab Revolt Project one-day conference, 'Lawrence, the Arabs, and the genesis of modern guerrilla warfare,' Birkbeck, University of London, 15 May 2010: A legend on record? Researching the archive of Lawrences war

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 25 May 2010: Lawrence of Arabia, Oxford Graduate and Benefactor

Landes Museum Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg, Germany, 21 November 2010. Festrede

Colston Research Symposium, Colston Institute, Bristol, 23 October 2014 T.E. Lawrence's 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', 1916-1918: the classic history of a Middle East side-show

Institut d'Etudes Avancées, Paris, France, 12 May 2015, 'Two-thirds of a Life: The Challenge of Writing about T. E. Lawrence’
video online>>

Magdalen College, Oxford, Library and Archives Talk, 23 November 2015, 'T.E. Lawrence: A Fascination with Portraits'

Casa Gerald Brenan, Málaga, Spain, 16 June 2016, 'Travelling with a Purpose: T. E. Lawrence before WWI'

Contributions to television and radio programmes
(this list is far from complete)

Lawrence of England, BBC South TV, 1978. Two-part television documentary written and narrated by David Lomax, with contributions by Jeremy Wilson.

Lawrence After Arabia, BBC Television, 1986. Television Documentary produced by Julia Cave, with contributions by Jeremy Wilson.

The Legacy of Lawrence, Rory Stewart, BBC Television, 2010, contribution by Jeremy Wilson

Coast (series 6:2), BBC Television, 2011, contribution by Jeremy Wilson

Mystery Files: Lawrence of Arabia, National Geographic Channel, 2011, contributions by Jeremy Wilson.

Contributions to French, German, Italian, and Japanese television documentaries about T.E. Lawrence.

Interviews and contributions to programmes on the BBC World Service, BBC national and local radio, NPR (some are available online) and French, German and Japanese radio stations.

 



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