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Young Lawrence

Anthony Sattin


 A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man

Lawrence of Arabia's heroism during the Arab revolt, and his disgust at the betrayal of the Arabs in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, has become the stuff of legend, but T. E. Lawrence's adventures in the Levant began long before the outbreak of war.

Few people realise that Lawrence's classic autobiography, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, was not the first book to carry that iconic title - he himself burned the original draft. In this intimate biography focusing on Lawrence in his twenties, Anthony Sattin uncovers the story he wanted to conceal: the truth of his birth, his tortuous relationship with a dominant mother, his deep affection for an Arab boy and the personal reasons that drove him from student to spy.

 

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