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T. E. Lawrence, Correspondence with E. M. Forster and F. L. Lucas
Edited by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson
Fine-press edition printed for subscribers
T. E. Lawrence Letters, Volume V
Castle Hill Press, 2010
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The main part of this volume consists of Lawrence's correspondence with E.M. Forster together with their published writings about one another. Forster was one of the most important critics of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, during the period that Lawrence was making the subscribers' abridgement. Lawrence was one of the few friends to whom Forster showed his 'unpublishable' short stories. One of these, 'Doctor Woolacott,' is printed here in the early draft sent to Lawrence in 1927 - together with Lawrence's detailed comments.
The edition also includes Forster's draft pre-war section of the collection of Lawrence letters that he began editing in 1936. He later withdrew from the project for fear of libel actions, and it was taken over by David Garnett. The difference in approach between the two editors is interesting. Although, in the event, Garnett's edition was a fine piece of work, it is a pity that we cannot see how Forster would have completed his version.
The critic and writer F.L. Lucas, a friend of Forster's, was, like Forster, a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Lawrence was deeply impressed by Lucas's published poetry and asked Forster to arrange an introduction. The two corresponded occasionally for several years.
Both Forster and Lucas dedicated books to Lawrence.
This is one of the most important volumes in the T.E. Lawrence Letters series. It includes a number of previously unpublished letters, in addition to detailed editorial notes and a scholarly index.
The edition is limited to 377 numbered copies.
Standard quarter-cloth binding
Tall octavo, trimmed page-size 282 x 176 mm. Typeset in Garamond by Castle Hill Press. Printed on high-quality acid-free paper.
xvi+312 = 328 pages, coloured frontis. portrait, index
- The subscribers' cloth binding, no longer available except to special order, was produced for pre-publication subscribers. It allowed them to continue building sets in the same binding-style as their earlier subscribed volumes. For a similar binding, without the gilt top-edge and dust-jacket, see the full-cloth library binding below.
- Quarter-cloth fine binding (illustrated above), using a traditional design that we
introduced in 1997 for Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text. Cream Rohalbleinen canvas spine
with Fabriano Tiziano sides; leather spine label, top edge stained, head and tail bands.
Issued without dust-jacket.
- Full-cloth library binding (illustrated below), intended for institutions where the volume may be subjected to heavier use. Library suppliers should consider ordering this binding, which is the same as the subscribers' cloth binding except that the top edge is stained not gilt. Issued without dust-jacket.
- ISBN: 9781873141618
Full-cloth library binding
Additional content in the special issues below
The quarter-goatskin and full-goatskin copies contain 24 pages of correspondence from 1936-7 concerning Forster's projected edition of The Letters of T. E. Lawrence.
45 copies, numbered 41-85, bound in quarter brown goatskin with brown cloth sides; top edge gilt, hand-marbled end-papers. Issued in a card slip-case.
This is a series binding: all volumes in the T.E. Lawrence Letters series are offered bound in a similar quarter-goatskin binding.
40 copies (sets to be numbered 1-40) bound in full goatskin. All edges gilt, hand-marbled end-papers, head and tail bands. In rigid slip-case.
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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.