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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

T.E. Lawrence
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"It ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language.As a narrative of war and adventure...it is unsurpassable" (Winston Churchill)

"Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle, T. E. has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams" (E.M. Forster)

"I am not much of a hero-worshipper but I could have followed T.E. Lawrence over the edge of the world" (John Buchan)

"Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the major statements about the fighting experience of the First World War" (Angus Calder)

"Emotional and mythic" (Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'It seems to me as certain of immortality as anything written in English for half a century' John Buchan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

'The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.'

Seven Pillars of Wisdom remains--like its enigmatic creator--brilliant and controversial. It describes, in the words of E. M. Forster, 'the revolt in Arabia against the Turks, as it appeared to an Englishman who took part. Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle T. E. has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams. He has brought to his task a fastidious scholarship, an impeccable memory, a style nicely woven of Oxfordisms and Doughty, an eye unparalleled . . . a profound distrust of himself, a still profounder faith.'

'As certain of immortality as anything written in English for half a century' --John Buchan

'It may be said of him that he suffered, in his own person, the neurotic ills of an entire generation' --Christopher Isherwood

For more titles in the Penguin Classics range, visit Amazon.co.uk's Penguin Classics Bookstore. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT FISK

'It ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language. As a narrative of adventure...it is unsurpassable' Winston Churchill

Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an unusual and rich work. It encompasses an account of the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War alongside general Middle Eastern and military history, politics, adventure and drama. It is also a memoir of the soldier known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Lawrence is a fascinating and controversial figure and his talent as a vivid and imaginative writer shines through on every page of this, his masterpiece. Seven Pillars of Wisdom provides a unique portrait of this extraordinary man and an insight into the birth of the Arab nation.

See also: All Quiet on the Western Front

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About the Author

Born in 1888, T.E. Lawrence studied at Oxford. In 1911 he joined the British Museum excavations in northern Syria. After the First World War broke out, he was posted to Cairo as an intelligence officer. From there, in late 1916, he travelled Hejaz to asses the leadership and prospects of Arab Revolt. His subsequent liaison role between the British and the Arab forces is described in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Later, he enlisted in the ranks of the RAF where he served over twelve years --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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