July 03, 2017
Vol. 22, No. 41
Books & Arts
In my time at Jesus College, Oxford (1956-58), I must have passed Eric Kennington’s evocative bust of T. E. Lawrence scores of times. It stood in the college lodge, on Turl Street, and portrayed a famous alumnus who had led an early life as an archaeologist before he became a British officer and legendary leader of the World War I “Arab revolt” against Turkish rule.
What I knew only dimly was that a much-traveled American journalist named Lowell Thomas—who had briefly taught elocution at Princeton—was often credited with the creation of the Lawrence legend, a legend sensationally magnified a generation later by David Lean’s magnificent film.Read more
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