T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers
Dear B. R.
I'm afraid I have not much in hand, ready for typing. I am working at it, doing about 40 hours a week: but that is only about 200 lines of finished stuff. It is a slow rate, 5 lines an hour.
Books VI and VIII go off with this letter (p. 57 - p. 73). I think they are better than most of the first six books. At least they seem to read well.
After this we come to the narrative of Odysseus, in which I'd like the style to quicken a little, and be business-like: only Homer, alas, was not of my view. It's all the same, all through.
The weather is very bad: we do much extra work therefore. Two of our motor boats were sunk last week Send me a page or two of page-proofs, when you next pass any good sheets. They will cheer me up. How goes the gold?
I hope you'll like these two books. They are the product of much work. I am well on in two more, but will not have them this side of Christmas.
|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