of the T. E. Lawrence Society
Vol. I, No.
2, Winter 1991-2
by Jeremy Wilson
E. Lawrence on board the troopship HMT Derbyshire, January 1927.
It is interesting to compare this photograph with the portrait bust
modelled by Eric Kennington shortly before Lawrence left England.
Leach: 'Off and on the tracks to Atwi' (6-10)
When the T. E. Lawrence Society organised a visit to
Jordan in 1989, members were perplexed to learn that Atwi, a station on the Hejaz railway mentioned by Lawrence in
Seven Pillars, could not be located. This led to a controversy during which it was
alleged that Lawrence might even have invented the station and the military action that he claimed had taken place there. The question
has been resolved by two acknowledged experts, H.St.J. B. Armitage and Hugh Leach, who have spent much of their careers working for the
British Foreign Office in the Middle East. We print Hugh Leach's explanation.
E. Lawrence: 'Six book reviews' (11-30)
T. E. Lawrence's five book reviews in the
Spectator have long been difficult to obtain, although three were included by A. W. Lawrence
in his literary selection Men in Print (The Golden Cockerel Press, 1940).
All five are reprinted here as they appeared in the Spectator, together with an earlier
review written by Lawrence for The Observer. [Note: in 1993 the Spectator
reviews were included in Harold Orlans (ed.) Lawrence of Arabia,
Strange Man of Letters, Rutherford, Fairleigh Dickinson UP]
Birnie: 'T. E. Lawrence and Frederic Manning' (31-62)
paper on Lawrence and Frederic Manning was presented at the Society's 1990
Seminar. It sheds much light on one of Lawrence's lesser-known literary friendships. The text printed here has been revised and updated.
Leatherdale: 'Lawrence and his Brough Superiors' (63-94)
Brough and T. E. Lawrence, October 1930
Mike Leatherdale's article 'Lawrence and his Brough Superiors' was
originally published by the Brough Superior Club. It is reprinted here with some passages amended and additional material drawn from
information in the Authorised Biography research archive.
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