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T.E. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, by Charles Edmonds. D. Appleton-Century Co. New York. 199 pp. $1.50.


THOSE who have read "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" will appreciate the usefulness of this concise volume recounting the historical events in which Colonel Lawrence played a part. The confusion of philosophy and confusion which is present in that monumental autobiography in many places completely obscures the continuity of the narrative. It is Edmond's purpose to outline the course of action simply.

Romance Tern Aside

While the activities of Lawrence are the principal focus of the volume. Edmonds has deliberately tern aside the veils of romance which have made his subject an almost legendary character by fitting them into the whole pattern of contemporary events. But this is not a part of the general fad of debunking history for in his true surroundings and with an understanding of his natural abilities and human faults, we cannot fall to appreciate more fully the work of this soldier who was also a mechanical genius and brilliant archaeologist.

Written in Clear Style

Edmonds has a clear, direct style which is interesting without being marred by emotional excitement. The military campaigns have been carefully diagramed to help the layman understand each situation and only a minimum attempt is made to analyze the character of his subject. "The Seven Pillars" has thoroughly covered the philosophy of its author and Edmonds was wise in letting well enough alone. Perhaps the most interesting part of the little book is the explanation of the "Lawrence Legend" which is ascribed almost entirely to the fertile mind of Lowell Thomas and which grew to such proportions that as late as 1931 a tourist in Spanish Morocco was arrested because his second name was Lawrence and the authorities were afraid that he would incite a rebellion of the natives.

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