Journal Volume XXV Onwards

Below is a summary of the contents of Vol. XXV, No. 1 of the Journal, which was published in Spring 2016.

More detailed descriptions of all Journal articles from Vol. I, No. 1 to the present day can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking HERE.

Additionally, the contents of Journals Vol. I, No. 1 to Vol. XXIV, No. 2 arranged by subject matter can be downloaded in the form of a ROUGH GUIDE compiled by former Society chairman Nick Lynch.

Vol. XXV, No. 1, Spring 2016

Christophe Leclerc: T. E. Lawrence and Édouard Brémond: Two Views of the Middle East, Two Experiences of the Guerrilla

This is a translation of a talk given at the Symposium of the Institute d’Edutes Avancée in Paris in May 2015. It was inevitable that there was going to be a clash between T. E. Lawrence and France’s Colonel Brémond. Brémond was captive to the orthodox thinking that he should seek to destroy enemy forces in a decisive battle. This was in marked contrast to Lawrence who sought to avoid battles. Essentially, Brémond was baffled by Lawrence, and particularly by why he wore Arab clothes, and regarded him as an eccentric.


Adam Gotch: The Lecture League

This article by Adam Gotch follows his presentation to the 2014 Symposium. Following service in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Adam’s grandfather, Laurence Gotch, returned to England in 1919 and with help from T. E. Lawrence embarked on a series of lectures under the auspices of a lecture agency entitled The Lecture League. In telling his grandfather’s story, Adam Gotch draws on a unique collection of material owned by his grandfather, including unpublished letters and maps, among them a sketch map showing Lawrence’s northern journey as a diversion from the attack on Akaba.


Lisa Climie: Shadow Man – Part Two

Part One of Lisa Climie’s memoir of her great-uncle, Vyvyan Richards, appeared in Vol. XXIII, No. 1 of the Journal. We are now treated to Part Two, in which Lisa gives a wide ranging and sensitive account of her great-uncle’s confession to Sunday Times journalist Helen Cash that he “fell in love” with Lawrence.


Nick Lynch: A Rough Guide to the Contents of the T. E. Lawrence Society Journal, Vol. I, No. 1 to Vol. XXIV, No. 2

The Journal is an important resource of information about the life of T. E. Lawrence and is regularly referred to by biographers. Nick Lynch has now updated a previous summary of the contents of the Journal under topic headings, which together with the descriptions on this website are an essential tool for anyone interested in a particular aspect of Lawrence’s complex and wide-ranging interests.


Vol. XXV, No. 2, Summer 2016

Tony Gill: Things Done Out of Delight for Himself

This article commences with a previously unknown photograph of a smiling Lawrence standing alongside Augustus John. This account of a friendship between two quite different people shows Lawrence’s ability to relate to people from different strata of society. Tony Gill also draws on Lawrence’s friendship with Robert Graves, to whom he explained his admiration for artists: “Artists excite me, seduce me. Almost I could be an artist, but there is a core that puts the brakes on.”


Mark Calderbank: “Was that all it was then?”: An appraisal of Seven
Pillars of Wisdom by Andre Malraux: Introduction , extracts and commentary

Mark Calderbank gives us a complex insight into an analysis of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by the French writer André Malraux included as Chapter 35 in Le Démon de l’Absolu which was published in 1946 and 1949. Mark concentrates on the point that Malraux had a deep affinity to Lawrence and that he shared with him the secret – after having served in the Spanish Civil War – of being both a man of
action and a contemplative.


Brian Marshall: Lowell Thomas and T. E. Lawrence in New Zealand

We have all read accounts of Lowell Thomas’s lectures in London and New York. We are now treated to Brian Marshall’s essay on how Thomas was received in New Zealand. He was supported by extensive press coverage and it is these press accounts which are the main sources for this article.


Jacqueline Dillion: ‘To Fashion All Things Fair’: T. E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and The Dynasts

This article explains how the friendship between Lawrence and Thomas Hardy was shaped and mediated by Hardy’s epic verse-drama, The Dynasts, published in three parts between 1904 and 1908. Hardy used the Napoleonic wars as a focal point for exploring the social history of an era into which his parents had been born,
yet later we see that Lawrence considered that The Dynasts had a
resonance with his own time.


Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Autumn 2016

Roger Holehouse: The Strategic Context to the Arab Revolt

This article aims to give a “simplified view” of British foreign policy towards the Ottoman Empire from the mid-19th Century until the aftermath of the First World War. How did Britain, once an ally of the Ottoman Empire, come into conflict with it?


Alison Jolley: “Oh Ross – How did I become you?”: The Making of the Lawrence Character in Terence Rattigan’s Play

The writer examines correpondence between Arnold Lawrence, Basil Liddell Hart, Robert Graves and others relating to the original production of Terence Rattigan’s play Ross in 1960, now held in the Liddell Hart Archive for Military Studies at King’s College London. What is revealed is a complex and sometimes acrimonious exchange of views over how Rattigan portrayed Lawrence and particularly his way of speaking. The article gives an interesting insight into how historical figures become distorted into “dramatic portraits”.


Miles Wigfield: Private Press Printing With Some References to T.E.L.

Miles Wigfield gives us an insight into one of Lawrence’s abiding interests. Lawrence never set up a private press of his own, but essentially ran a private press for the printing of the Subscribers’ Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. It was Lawrence who dictated the format, chose the typeface and determined the typographical constraints. The essay contains a list of Lawrence-related books, which over the years have been produced by private or small printers.


The Release of Damascus by T .E. Lawrence, with an introduction by Joe Berton

Here, Joe Berton transcribes an article from the Palestine News of 10 October 1918. The identity of the writer is given as “A Correspondent from Beyond the Jordan” but it was of course Lawrence, giving what must have been his first public account of some of the events of the Arab Revolt. As Joe explains in his introduction, the article has a “freshness” about it, and is an important document in that it was written so soon after the event.

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