of the T. E. Lawrence Society
Vol. IX, No.
1, Autumn 1999
by Philip Kerrigan
Leclerc: 'The French Soldiers in the
Arab Revolt' (7-28)
French Army Unit attached to the Arab Revolt was small but significant.
In Book X of Seven Pillars of Wisdom Captain Pisani and his detachment
are mentioned no less than twenty-two times. Little, however, has been
said about their participation and we are grateful to Christophe Leclerc
for providing an article, based on his university thesis, which contributes to the story of the Revolt.
text of this article
C. Pascoe: [autobiographical note] (29-34)
Ten-Pounder Talbot Battery under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Brodie
with Lieutenant George Pascoe as his second-in-command is also mentioned
in Seven Pillars. John Pascoe, son of George Pascoe, has sent us
this article written by his father describing, among
other experiences, his meeting with Lawrence.
Kelly: 'Lawrence before Lean' (35-54)
world of entertainment was not slow to see the commercial possibilities
of a film about Lawrence. But placing Lawrence on the
silver screen was fraught with obstacles, as Andrew Kelly so ably
describes. Andrew Kelly is a film
historian and Head of Cultural Development at Bristol. He is the author
of Cinema and the Great War (Routledge, 1997) and co-author of Filming
T. E. Lawrence (Tauris 1997).
Joyce: 'T. E. Lawrence and Elgar's
Third Symphony' (55-73)
Beethoven and Elgar were Lawrence's favourite
composers. In 1932 Bernard and
Charlotte Shaw took Lawrence to meet Elgar at his home in
Worcester. A few weeks later, the composer wrote to Lawrence
saying how much he had enjoyed meeting him.
that Elgar, despite his illness, was working on a third symphony,
Lawrence sent an encouraging letter. Dr Christopher Joyce gives the history of the unfinished sketches for a
third symphony and Anthony Payne's later contribution. Dr Joyce is
Associate Lecturer in the School of Educational Studies at Surrey
University. He has a long standing interest in both Elgar and Lawrence. As a
contribution to his first degree at Cambridge, Dr Joyce wrote a
dissertation on Lawrence's the literary career.
M. Woodhouse: 'T. E. Lawrence: New Legends for
Old' [review of Richard Aldington's Lawrence of Arabia, a Biographical
his March 1955 review (printed here) of Richard Aldington's Lawrence of
Arabia: A Biographical Enquiry, Christopher Woodhouse (now Lord
Terrington), commenting on the uproar caused by its publication, stating that it was not 'conducive to calm
judgement, and probably
years will have to pass before the dust settles.' Forty-four years on,
can we say that the 'dust has settled '? Not entirely, but it is
interesting to read that there was at least one reviewer at the time who
expressed a balanced view, and we are pleased that the author has
allowed us to reprint his article.
Woodhouse has had a distinguished and varied career in military and
public service. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery at the outbreak of
the last war, rose to the rank of Colonel and commanded the Allied
Military Mission to Greek Guerillas in German-occupied Greece. Elected
MP for Oxford in 1959, he held a number of Parliamentary posts. He is
the author of books mainly dealing with Greek affairs.
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