T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers
Two letters l owe you. l am so sorry. The abstracts I liked were written by Hobbes.* About the time of Charles II. If you do not like them, then I will do you what I can, if you will tell me what length each should be.
Twice lately I have sat down to get ahead with the work, and each time I have been sent for. Patience. Soon there will be some more script for you. Have begun book IX.
This page you send is beautiful: very light and sharp, and not prickly. The paper is light and clean. It will be an 'airy' book. I must try and be less solemn and measured in my rendering, to match your gaiety of letter. It is going to be a fine and distinguished piece pf printing.
I hope the gold problem will solve itself happily. I like the notion of it: indeed I see again how fortunate I am to be able to help make such beauty.
You suggested my correcting the faults W______ found, in proof think: is that right? The less one hacks about the proofs the better, surely. It is as you please, of course.
T E Shaw
*The same Hobbes, I think, as wrote Leviathan.
|Last revised:||8 July 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