Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to his family
Well, here's another week gone, and nothing has happened or is happening, except an occasional Turkish feint on the canal: it's very hit here, with a Khamsin blowing so that we have to keep all doors and windows shut. The shade temperature outside the office is 115° just now. Yesterday it was 112°, but it cools down to 95° or 100° at night; it has gone up to 117° now: it must really be rather like the Persian Gulf, and yet it doesn't feel at all oppressive.
We are very busy just now. I don't really know what with: there is a lot of telegraphing to do, in cipher, which takes a long time - and we have other work, and besides I have 6 maps in hand being drawn.
Wainwright passed through yesterday, going to England. He had been digging in Egypt for some weeks.
Tell Arnie to get out Collignon's book on Greek scuplture. There is a beautiful frontispiece of a head in the Louvre.
|Last revised:||1 January 2006|
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