I’ve had a few requests to share my favorite books about T.E. Lawrence. I tried to limit myself to just those books I find myself reaching for often.
- My favorite biography is John E. Mack’s A Prince of Our Disorder. I’m partial towards it because it was the first Lawrence biography I read, but it is also well-researched, beautifully written, and I enjoyed the psychological analysis Mack provides. The author was a psychiatrist and professor at Harvard.
- Victoria Ocampo’s 338171, T.E. (Lawrence of Arabia) is another interesting read, a short biography by an Argentinian writer. T.E. Lawrence’s brother Arnold felt that it gave the best-balanced portrait of T.E.
- Harold Orlans’ T.E. Lawrence: Biography of a Broken Hero discusses obscure aspects of Lawrence’s life in great detail — things that are usually left out or only touched upon in most biographies.
- I think my favorite books are those of his letters. I’m a little more partial towards David Garnett’s Letters of T.E. Lawrence, but Malcolm Brown’s T.E. Lawrence: The Selected Letters is another essential. There’s a lot of overlap, but Malcolm Brown’s book contains letters that were purposefully omitted from Garnett’s.
- T.E. Lawrence by His Friends was edited by Lawrence’s youngest brother Arnold Lawrence. It is a collection of stories about T.E. from his dearest friends and colleagues.
- Finally, for beautiful photographs, I include Joseph Berton’s T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt and Malcolm Brown’s Lawrence of Arabia: the Life, the Legend.
|—||T.E. Lawrence to Lady Astor, 1930.|
|—||Film critic Janet Maslin|
A rare signed photograph of T.E. Lawrence. You can see his signature in the bottom right-hand corner. Circa October 1917.
A page from a promotional brochure for Lowell Thomas’ “With Allenby in Palestine,” a travelogue which propelled T.E. Lawrence to fame. Circa 1920.
T.E. Lawrence’s bungalow, built in the garden behind their house at 2 Polstead Road in Oxford. The bungalow was built by his father after his parents recognized Lawrence’s need for independence. He would stay here throughout most of his years at Oxford, apart from his first term when he lived at Jesus College.
The bungalow still stands in the garden. This blog entry has photographs of the house at 2 Polstead Road and Lawrence’s bungalow in its current state: http://adventuring8117.blogspot.com/2010/07/jog-le-triumph-at-2-polstead-road.html
T.E. Lawrence had three different daggers during the war. The first one was given to him by Sherif Abdullah (brother of Faisal). His second was a present from Sherif Nasir, but it was too heavy so he ordered a third smaller dagger to be made from his specifications. This is the golden dagger that is currently located at All Souls College. After the war Lawrence sold it to his friend Lionel Curtis in order to pay for repairs at Clouds Hill.