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- DescriptionIf you plan to portray a national icon in less than heroic terms, you had better be prepared for a fight, as Richard Aldington learned even before the publication of his 1955 biography, Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Enquiry. Fred D. Crawford provides the first examination of all major parties and points of view embroiled in the controversy generated by Aldington's biography of T. E. Lawrence. In two years of research, Aldington made major discoveries, including the extent to which Lawrence had cooperated with Lowell Thomas, Robert Graves, and B. H. Liddell Hart in the creation of the Lawrence legend. For this and other reasons, Aldington concluded that Lawrence was a charlatan, a poseur, and a fraud. Upon learning of Aldington's antagonism to Lawrence a year before Aldington's book appeared, a powerful group including B. H. Liddell Hart, Robert Graves, A. W. Lawrence, and other Lawrence partisans worked behind the scenes to suppress and denigrate Aldington's biography. These attempts, Crawford tes, reveal a great deal about how private interests can determine what the public is allowed to read.
- Author BiographyFred D. Crawford is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University. He is the author of Mixing Memory and Desire: The Waste Land and British Novels and British Poets of the Great War and editor of SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies.
- Author(s)Fred D. Crawford
- PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
- Date of Publication30/04/1998
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationCarbondale
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSouthern Illinois University Press
- Out-of-print date25/10/2011
- Content Note2 illustrations
- Weight667 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine26 mm
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