Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to Sydney Cockerell
I went down to Eastbourne yesterday, paid Doughty his £400: and carried off The Dawn in Britain. No difficulty arose at the last moment.
I'll give it to the B.M. this afternoon, and the fact will be published possibly next week. And on Thursday I may start for Bagdad!
Homer arrived: he's very handsome, and the inscription does you credit after my remarks on Saturday. I'm very grateful to you for the kindness: and will hope in turn to re-read the Odyssey duly when I get back from the East. The Air Mail restrictions of baggage will not allow me to carry it out across the desert.
John is finishing Mme. Suggia tomorrow and sending her to the Academy. She will make a splash.
When I get back from the East (d.c.) perhaps we will meet in Cambridge: but improbably. I fear you will have to come to London.
T. E. Lawrence
|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