Alec Guinness as T.E. Lawrence in the play Ross: A Dramatic Portrait. You can find a free downloadable copy of the play here: https://archive.org/details/rossadramatic001479mbp
A reader recently e-mailed the Imperial War Museum in London for information about T.E. Lawrence displays and the location of his Brough Superior motorcycle. Here is the response she received, which I wanted to re-post for those of you interested in visiting the Imperial War Museum:
An academic stumbled upon a vague sketch map of the camp in Jordan by an RAF pilot from 1918, and found broken gin bottles, spent cartridges and ashes undisturbed.
T.E. Lawrence on his Brough Superior motorcycle.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom was written several years after the war and I’m sure due to the passage of time and Lawrence’s tendency to exaggerate and glorify, there are likely some inaccuracies. In addition, the book was actually written three times. The first draft of the book was lost at a train station and Lawrence had to rewrite the entire book from start to finish. The second draft was burned because he felt it was a failure. He did keep a journal and notes during the war, which he used to guide his memories, but he destroyed many of these notes after the completion of his first (lost) draft, which means that the second two drafts were probably less accurate.
Am I the only one hoping that someday the lost first manuscript turns up in a British attic somewhere?
As for the Deraa scene, you can read my feelings about it from a previous question: http://telawrence.com/post/59102038678/was-lawrence-tortured-when-captured