of the T. E. Lawrence Society
Vol. VII, No.
1, Autumn 1997
by Philip Kerrigan
Graham: 'The Oxford of T. E. Lawrence' (7-15)
Graham is Head of Oxfordshire Studies at Oxfordshire County Council's
Department of Leisure and Arts. At the 1996 T.E. Lawrence Society Symposium he gave a paper
which we have now printed under the title of 'The Oxford of T. E.
Lawrence'. The author of a number of books including The Images of
Victorian Oxford, Dr Graham is well qualified to describe the Oxford of
Middleton Murry: 'Arabia Deserta' (17-24)
browsing among the shelves of second-hand bookshops, who has not had the
experience of alighting on the two large volumes of Doughty's Arabia
Deserta, and wondered whether to make a purchase or not? The true
collector will not hesitate, but for those of us whose sole intention in
buying a book is to read it, if not now, then at some future date, the
decision to buy is problematical. Having read the twelve pages of
Lawrence's introduction, is one going to have the stamina to tackle the
remaining 1,300 odd pages of prose in the 'Elizabethan style' ? In the
preface to the first edition, the author warns us that 'The book is not
milk for babes', and Middleton Murry in his essay (printed here) does
not leave the potential reader in any doubt as to the effort required to
follow Doughty through those two arduous years with the Bedouin. As
Lawrence wrote, 'it demands a hard reader'.
Murry makes the point that Travels in Arabia Deserta 'is a great book
for the simplest and most sufficient of reasons: it is a direct
enlargement of human experience.' Also it provides a
background that gives the reader a fuller appreciation of Seven Pillars
of Wisdom. Perhaps his essay will encourage some waverers to venture
past the introduction and immerse themselves in the remaining pages.
Ronald Storrs: 'The Spell of Arabia:
Charles Doughty and T. E. Lawrence' (25-31)
a series of talks entitled 'The Spell of Arabia', broadcast on the BBC's
Third Programme in 1947, we have taken Sir Ronald Storrs' contribution,
'Charles Doughty and T. E. Lawrence'.
first made contact with Doughty early in 1909 when he sought advice for
his forthcoming walking tour in Syria. Returning from Syria later in the
year, he visited Doughty at Eastbourne to discuss his
experiences and plans for a second tour. Lawrence's great interest in
Doughty as a writer and traveller is evident; D. G. Hogarth wrote of
Lawrence that 'he knows Arabia Deserta very nearly by heart.' In his
talk Storrs compares Lawrence and Doughty, and in his memoirs, Orientations, he takes exception to those who criticise Lawrence's
writing for building on the foundation of Doughty, 'If Lawrence lit his
candle from Doughty's flame, was the candle any less his own?'
text of this article
Young: 'Hubert Young at Carchemish' (33-46)
Young was in H. M. Foreign Service from 1948 to 1963. He learned Arabic
at Shemian and went on to be Consul in Jerusalem and for the West Bank
of the Jordan. His father, Major Sir Hubert Young, first met Lawrence at
Carchemish in 1913 when Young was a Lieutenant in the Indian Army. He
joined Lawrence during the Arab Revolt and subsequently worked with him
at the Cairo Conference in 1920. We are fortunate in being able to
publish here for the first time, not only his son's article on that
first meeting, but photographs taken by Young at Carchemish.
Kress von Kressenstein: 'The Campaign in
Palestine from the Enemy's Side' (47-59)
a great deal has been available in English about the Turkish Army's
operations in the Palestine Campaign. The article reprinted from the
Royal United Services Institute Journal is attributed to Colonel Baron
Kress von Kressenstein, an officer of the German military mission.
Liddell Hart described him as 'the inspiration and brain of the Turks in
Palestine for the first three years of the war.'
Metcalfe: 'A Note on T. E. Lawrence's
Service Records' (60-67)
Peter Metcalfe has
unearthed some of Lawrence's service records which we have reproduced
Franks: 'Diaghilev of America and
Lawrence of Arabia' (68-81)
Kirstein made his mark as an entrepreneur in the world of ballet in
America. He also devoted his considerable energies to writing and, when
visiting Europe, he had an entree into English literary circles. This led
him to become a devotee of Lawrence.
Franks discusses the correspondence that passed between Kirstein and
Lawrence. Although they never met, Lawrence had a genuine desire to
see Kirstein and exchange views on creative writing with the 'Diaghilev
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