Lawrence of Arabia, Strange Man of Letters: The Literary Criticism of T. E. Lawrence

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T. E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia (1888-1935) - had an unusual range of talents and interests. This book presents one, his literary interests and criticism, relatively neglected by his many biographers. It contains a complete collection of Lawrence's published criticism, extensive extracts from his sparkling literary correspondence, and a carefully documented account of his literary views and activities. Lawrence's published criticism includes all of his introductions, book reviews, and motley pieces. They have...
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T. E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia (1888-1935) - had an unusual range of talents and interests. This book presents one, his literary interests and criticism, relatively neglected by his many biographers. It contains a complete collection of Lawrence's published criticism, extensive extracts from his sparkling literary correspondence, and a carefully documented account of his literary views and activities. Lawrence's published criticism includes all of his introductions, book reviews, and motley pieces. They have not previously been collected; only two are in print. Lawrence's literary correspondence includes comments on various literary themes and on thirty-eight writers, mainly Lawrence's contemporaries such as Conrad, Cummings, Doughty, Forster, David Garnett, Graves, Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, and G. B. Shaw. Lawrence's opinions are frank, independent, trenchant, irreverent, entertaining, and idiosyncratic. A few examples may suggest their flavor: - Homer...was an antiquarian, a tame-cat, a book-worm: not a great poet, but a most charming novelist. A Thornton Wilder of his time. - Every paragraph [Conrad] writes...goes on sounding in waves, like the note of a tenor bell, after he stops...He's as much a giant of the subjective as Kipling is of the objective. Do they hate one another? - [On Ulysses] I'm ploughing section by section, through its repulsive dullness. The technical skill of that first chapter is as dazzling as anything I've ever met: & the later ones fall right away. - ...Pound who (misled perhaps by his name into thinking himself a born economist) seems to have run off on a new hobby-horse of financial theory...Always angry, is Ezra P. The chronological arrangement of Lawrence's comments on each author shows the marked differences in the views he expressed to the author and to others, and the gradual changes in his standards as he himself changed from an adulator of creative artists to an admirer of common men. Over half of this correspondence has n
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838635087
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Chronology of Lawrence's Life 17
Chronology of Lawrence's Writing 19
Introduction: Book Lover, Writer, Literary Cognoscente 21
Pt. I Published Criticism
1 Introductions 49
Travels in Arabia Deserta by Charles Doughty 54
The Twilight of The Gods by Richard Garnett 64
Arabia Felix by Bertram Thomas 68
2 Reviews 71
Novels of D. H. Lawrence 74
Mixed Biscuits: H. M. Tomlinson, W. H. Hudson, William Gerhardi, Arthur Machen, and others 77
A Critic of Critics Criticized: Philip Guedalla 79
Hakluyt - First Naval Propagandist 81
The Short Stories of H. G. Wells 83
The Works of Walter Savage Landor 87
3 Bric-a-Brac 90
Eric Kennington's Arab Portraits 98
Sturly by Pierre Custot 101
A Note on James Elroy Flecker 101
Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson 105
The Odyssey: Translator's Note 113
La Maison Sans Issues by James Hanley 116
River Niger by Simon Jesty 117
Pt. II Literary Correspondence
4 On Writers 121
James Barrie 136
Gertrude Bell 137
Hilaire Belloc 138
Joseph Conrad 139
Noel Coward 140
E. E. Cummings 142
Fyodor Dostoevsky 144
Charles Doughty 145
T. S. Eliot 152
E. M. Forster 154
David Garnett 161
Robert Graves 164
Radclyffe Hall 173
James Hanley 173
Thomas Hardy 181
Homer 186
W. H. Hudson 192
James Joyce 192
Rudyard Kipling 195
D. H. Lawrence 195
Wyndham Lewis 199
Frederic Manning 201
Herman Melville 207
Ezra Pound 208
Erich Maria Remarque 210
H. H. Richardson 211
Arthur Rimbaud 212
Siegfried Sassoon 213
William Shakespeare 217
George Bernard Shaw 218
Upton Sinclair 227
Edith Sitwell 227
Freya Stark 228
Leo Tolstoy 228
H. G. Wells 228
Thornton Wilder 229
Henry Williamson 230
W. B. Yeats 235
5 Literary Themes 237
On Reading 246
Spelling 249
Greece, Greek, and Latin 251
French Writers 254
Likes and Dislikes 255
Women Writers 261
Writers Ahead of the Time 262
A Common Thread 263
Good and Great Writing 264
First Draft and Revision 273
Tickling the Public 274
Books as Objects 275
Critics and Criticism 276
Poetry and Poets 278
This Frenzy to Know! 284
Notes 288
Dramatis Personae of Writers and Correspondents 310
Sources 316
Bibliograpliy 320
Index 325
Index of Letter Recipients 333
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