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For Only Those Deserve the Name: T E Lawrence & Seven Pillars of Wisdom
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For Only Those Deserve the Name: T E Lawrence & Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Paperback)

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In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, his epic of the Arab Revolt, T E Lawrence wanted to write a work of spiritual greatness, comparable to The Brothers Karamazov, and Thus spake Zarathustra. For only those deserve the name, he wrote to Charlotte Shaw, recalling his ambition to be a great writer. Mark Calderbanks biography shows how post-World War I political developments in the Middle East, and Lawrences unsettled life and sense of guilt, influenced the published work and contributed to his sense of failure. By following multiple lines of enquiry into chosen events, Mark Calderbank shows us a story coloured by a retrospective vision of history, a post-war Weltanschaung, and the compulsion to present an exemplary personality. This approach has the deepest significance for the interpretation of the Seven Pillars reliability as a historical source, in particular the interweaving of fantasy and historical truth, and excessive personalisation. The psychology of masochism plays a prominent role in interpreting the drama of the Self, especially the notorious incidents at Dera and Tafas. Problems of personality are paramount. Seven Pillars has been overly influential and has long required a reassessment. The 100th anniversary of the Revolt is opportune. Of especial significance are the revealing of accounts of other participants, and Lawrences presentation of the Arabs and of history, both of which remain highly topical. The Epilogue, a commentary on an essay (1940) by Andre Malraux, appraises the meaning of literature in Lawrences life. To date, Seven Pillars has eluded evaluation. In the end, wrote Herbert Read, the reader finds himself alone: he has to decide for himself. Calderbanks majestic reassessment is long overdue.

Mark Calderbank was born in Lancaster and brought up in the north of England. He read modern French and German literature at Cambridge University and Linguistics at Kent. A compulsion to travel led him to the Arab East, where he spent twenty years, learned Arabic, and travelled. This is his first book, building on his articles for the T.E. Lawrence Society Journal. He is married and lives in France.

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