Editor says, What if T.E. Lawrences adventures in Arabia were just adventures? This article is part of the Generals thread.
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Editor says, 1) In 1919 Lawrence lost the original transcript of Seven Pillars of Wisdom whilst switching trains at Reading Station. On several occasions pranksters have placed advertisements in London newspapers such as 'Contact the Lost & Found department at Paddington Station in person to collect manuscripts of Arabian adventures, sincerely. &c. &c.'
2) Churchill's tribute to Lawrence in 1936 read I have often wondered what would have happened to Lawrence if the Great War had continued for several more years. His fame was spreading fast and with the momentum of the fabulous through Asia. The earth trembled with the wrath of the warring nations. All the metals were molten. Everything was in motion. No one could say what was impossible. Lawrence might have realised Napoleon's young dream of conquering the East; he might have arrived in Constantinople in 1919 or 1920 with most of the tribes and races of Asia Minor and Arabia at his back.
3) Shaw was the alter-ego pseudonym used by Lawrence in the 1930s when he was living in obscurity.
4) Byzantium was the conclusion to the Arabian Tale being an adventure step beyond Lawrence's own achievements, as suggested by Churchill. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.