T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers
Royal Air Force
I am so sorry things have become difficult. I had no notion they were like that.
I'll do my best to finish the Odyssey by March and will do it, subject to the R.A.F. leaving me alone to work all my spare time. It will, of course, he done as well as I can do it. Miss Saunders shall have more to type next week.
I have suggested to Winston
that he should get into touch with you, about the format of Marlborough.
It will be an important book, and his suggested page did not appeal to me. Smug,
I thought it and rather dull.
Now that the press has learned your method, I see no reason why they should not do nearly all the setting, just leaving you to do the final touches. I wish I could get along quicker. You could draw three roundels while I do one book!
I hope Mrs. Rogers is making progress. I will, try and see you before the end of the year: but must be in the last four books first.
T E Shaw
By the way, in Book XVII, where Telemachus for whole pages tells Penelope of his visit to Menelaus, I have abridged - by about 20 per cent. I think. I hope you will agree, when you read it.
I have been quick. The stuff is not as bad as I had feared. XIII is quite decent. I have prepared up to XXI; and finished XVIII, all bar fair copying. So you may have it all by March, yet.
|Last revised:||14 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