T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers
[late December 1929]
Dear B. R.
You'll note my instincts to fuss wouldn't let well alone! Don't bother with these suggestions. One could go on prettying-up for ever. My translation has 14 revises before you get it!
The pages are very beautiful. This is going to be a BOOK. I like the roundel, very much. It is most rich and remarkable. I like the swagger capitals, too.
'Nack': no that must be wrong I think. Can you find out where it is, and quote me the sentence. I don't remember using even 'knack.'
When Miss Saunders sends back the two books she has, I'll copy out two more and forward them. That will be a merry Christmas for me, probably. We have 5 days holiday, and I hope to do half a book in that time. My rate works out pretty regularly at 5 lines an hour, for the finished text.
It will take me months yet to reach book 24! Here's two years gone, and I'm just half way.
My seasonal regards to Mrs. Rogers. Tell her that this Odyssey is going to look 'it.'
|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