Glad you are reading the thing. Please don’t inhibit yourself from scribbling comments of an insulting sort in the margins, made especially wide for the purpose. Your praise makes my stomach warm: but your criticisms are really helpful: whether in the field of morality, belles-lettres, tactics, or just manners. Down with them while you can!
The ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ is a quotation from Proverbs: it is used as a title out of sentiment: for I wrote a youthful indiscretionary book, so called, in 1913 and burned it (as immature) in ‘14 when I enlisted. It recounted adventures in seven type-cities of the East (Cairo, Bagdad, Damascus etc) & arranged their characters into a descending cadence: a moral symphony. It was a queer book, upon whose difficulties I look back with a not ungrateful wryness: and in memory of it I named the new book, which will probably be the only one I ever write, & which sums up & exhausts me to the date of 1919.
T.E. Lawrence to Robin Buxton, 1923