Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to C. M. Doughty
2 Smith Square,
28. 1. 21
Dear Mr. Doughty,
I hope to come down to Eastbourne on Wednesday next, arriving about half-past three, and leaving in the evening. I have had a great deal to do lately, and am still very busy.
About Arabia Deserta. Feisal would not wait for his large-paper copy, but is having the ordinary edition read to him, and is enjoying it very much. He is most tolerant, and would not take offence at what was said about Islam, in any case. And in A.D. there is nothing very bad about Islam. These forty years have changed the Moslems very much.
When the weather gets warmer Feisal is going to drive down to you some day, and call. I am sure you will like him.
The portrait is to be regretted. One is necessary, I think, but it should not have been the old one. I'll try and exclude it from my private copy. These large-paper copies are going, inshallah, to be very sumptuous.
However we can talk of this when we meet.
T E Lawrence
|Last revised:||26 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