Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers
Just back here. I make Book XXI 3960 words long, about .* It begins 'For...' I hope to let you have it on Thursday or Friday, but I have still a fortnight's testing of this boat before me, and am harried and weary in mind and body.
Book XXII will begin 'Therewith... ' or 'Then...'
Book XXIII must begin 'But it was...'
Book XXIV will begin 'Hermes, the Cyllenian,...'
I will do all I can to get up to London - not this week end, but the next - June 20-22. I am so sorry that you go with the work undone. It is really all roughed out, and with any ordinary fair play I could have finished it in Feb. or March: yet now it will be July, for June is going, going and the boat still on my hands. I feel that I daren't skimp the last chapters, after trying so hard all through to do my best. It is better to be late than be careless, it seems.
The 28th Odyssey -at least! My hat. There will apparently be one every 5 years, ad infinitum - or have the four years I have spent brought ours tumbling upon the heels of poor 29?
*and we can easily vary it
back and forth, if in the copy you tell me how much longer or shorter you would
have it be.
|Last revised:||15 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