Military Report on the Sinai Peninsula
Towards 'An English Fourth'
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
Boats for the R.A.F. 1929-1935
reports and correspondence
The Forest Giant
Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw
Correspondence with E. M. Forster and F.L. Lucas
More Correspondence with Writers
Correspondence with Edward and David Garnett
Correspondence with Henry Williamson
Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey'
Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-1935
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Castle Hill Press News
by Jeremy Wilson
Undated 7 February 2017
Projects in hand
T. E. Lawrence, Printing and Illustrating 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' - the next volume in the T.E. Lawrence Letters series
T. E. Lawrence, translator, The Odyssey of Homer
T. E. Lawrence Letters, Vol., VIII: Correspondence with Robert Graves
T. E. Lawrence, 'The Mint' and Later Writings, first paperback edition
Projects in hand
Edited by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson with Jonathan Black
T. E. Lawrence Letters series
This volume covers the subscription, printing and illustration of the 1926 subscribers' edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
The letters are arranged chronologically. They include correspondence with artists such as Eric Kennington, Augustus John, Paul Nash, William Roberts and Sir William Rothenstein, as well as Lawrence's printer Manning Pike, the colour printers Whittingham & Griggs, and the printers of the Seven Pillars maps. Also included is an important correspondence with Robin Buxton, Lawrence's banker, who financed the edition and managed the subscription payments.
Those who found Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey' a fascinating story should be no less engaged by the correspondence here. With hindsight, it seems extraordinary that Lawrence managed to find the time to run this enterprise alongside his service commitments.
Editorial work is well advanced. We aim to publish this in the summer of 2017.
Subscription date to be announced
T. E. Lawrence's translation of the Odyssey, his last major work, was extroardinarily successful. It has never been out of print since its first publication in 1932. Editions have ranged from the magnificent Bruce Rogers/Emery Walker first printing to an American Armed Services printing.
Many changes were made between the manuscript Lawrence submitted and the printer's final text. Our volume will reproduce the text of the manuscript. This will put it on a par with our editions of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text and the 1928 Mint.
The Odyssey of Homer will complete the Castle Hill Press edition of TE. Lawrence's major works.
Publication is planned for late 2017.
We are assembling this important volume, which we hope to issue in the spring of 2018.
(T. E. Lawrence Studies paperback)
Lawrence's second book, The Mint, consists of two autobiographical fragments. The first recounts his experiences as an RAF recruit at Uxbridge in 1922. The second describes his life as an aircraftman at Cranwell in 1925–6.
The Uxbridge chapters were to have opened a much longer book about the RAF. He abandoned that project – but then, some years later, began to think of extending The Mint. The enlarged version would cover the remainder of his service in the ranks from 1927 to 1935. For source-material, he would draw on letters to friends.
He did not live to do this, and The Mint – which contains some of his best writing – was finally published as it stood, in 1955.
While working on our scholarly edition of Lawrence's letters, we made a selection from the many passages about the RAF, arranging them in the form of a diary. These 'Later Writings About Service Life' were first published in 2009. Read as a sequel to The Mint, they provide in Lawrence's own words a far more satisfactory account of his RAF years. They also help explain his affection for service life.
The edition is rounded off by passages from letters about The Mint. These set out the history of the text and Lawrence's attitude towards it.
Library copies of our books are available in the British Isles at:
- The British Library, London
- The Bodleian Library, Oxford
- Cambridge University Library
- The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
- The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
- Trinity College, Dublin
The London Library holds five volumes of the Letters series (I-IV and IX).
In the US there are copies of all or most Castle Hill Press editions at:
- The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
- Harvard University Library, Cambridge, Mass.
- The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
In Canada there are copies of all or most of our volumes at:
- The University of Toronto Libraries
There are probably other libraries that hold our publications, but when copies are ordered through library agents we rarely know where they are going. If you find a publicly available collection, please let us know so we can add it to this list. It you are looking for a particular volume in a library close to your location it is worth searching on WorldCat.
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Considering the tastefulness of the physical design of the Castle Hill volumes - which undoubtedly would have pleased Lawrence, who was a devotee of William Morris's idea of 'the book beautiful' - and the spare tastefulness of their editing, and especially their making available important but otherwise hard-to-access texts, this is a project for which Lawrence scholars will indeed be grateful now and in years to come. [Professor Stephen E. Tabachnick, reviewing Castle Hill Press books in English Literature in Transition]
. . . I couldn't be more pleased. The attention to detail, and conception of this edition, are wonderful . . .
I cannot praise too highly the quality of the production, with exceptional clarity and beauty of print, the erudition of editing, and the excellent on-line service. Important correspondence in beautiful books - the perfect combination.
. . .Excellence in research and editing, and magnificently produced books in superb bindings. Last but not least, efficient and friendly service, with books posted in rock solid packaging.
. . . These books are a pleasure to own and read . . .. . . a quite invaluable job in publishing (very beautifully . . .) many of the writings of TEL which hitherto have been available only in manuscript form in museums, libraries or private collections, or in out-of-print books which are very hard to obtain.
An excellent set of publications that are beautifully edited and produced. A wonderful addition to my library and to any library.