T. E. Lawrence: The Mint

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  • Chris Joyce (University of Cambridge)

While completing his work on Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence entered the RAF as an aircraftman under the assumed name of J. H. Ross, and subsequently the Tank Corps as a private. (During this time, concerned for his finances, he undertook for Cape a translation of Adrien le Corbeau’s nouvelle Le GigantesqueThe Forest Giant – published in 1924.) He rejoined the RAF in 1925 – changing his name by deed poll to Shaw two years later. He set down his experiences as 352087 A/c Ross in The Mint. (His later Air Force number, 338171, occasioned the quip from Noël Coward [25 August 1930], “May I call you 338?”) In The Mint Lawrence adopted a much plainer, more …

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Joyce, Chris. "The Mint". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2008
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