T. E. Lawrence: Seven Pillars of Wisdom (3923 words)

  • Chris Joyce (University of Cambridge)

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“By day the hot sun fermented us; and we were dizzied by the beating wind. At night we were stained by dew, and shamed into pettiness by the innumerable silences of stars.”
(Seven Pillars of Wisdom, ch. i)

As a literary figure, T. E. Lawrence is known principally as the author of Seven Pillars of Wisdom: a triumph (subscribers' edition, 1926; general edition, 1935), the epic account of his part in the Arabian campaign of the First World War. He had, however, harboured literary ambitions well before its production was thought of, and those ambitions were far from exhausted in the writing of it. In addition to an abridged edition for general sale, Revolt in the Desert(1927), …

Joyce, Chris. "Seven Pillars of Wisdom". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=15917, accessed 04 December 2016.]

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  1. World War 1 Literature