Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers
I like the roundels better without the lettering. The gold (if it takes) will be so good in mass : also it leaves the readers to guess.
Thank you for the page-proofs. I hopped through them gaily, as if I were reading a book. Parts of it go better than I expected. Your beauty of type flatters the text.
Several points showed up at
once for amendment in a later edition: only as a matter of principle, shouldn't
we make the U.S.A. public text worse than your masterpiece? It will be worse,
typographically, and it seems to me we should damage the text too, in keeping.
Revolt in the Desert was worse, many times, textually than the Seven
Also I saw some misprints. Here they are, on a slip. I have marked them in my sheets. Too late, I think to do anything else. I do not care. Misprints are trifles and take nothing from the goodness of a printed page.
I have done very little work since I saw you. The 'rest' continues. Yesterday I even turned my old bike out again, and went for a ride on it.
T. E. Shaw
|Last revised:||13 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