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Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-1935


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T. E. Lawrence, Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-1935

Castle Hill Press, 2015
Edited by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson
Introduction by Jeremy Wilson

Fine-press edition of 427 numbered copies printed for subscribers.
T. E. Lawrence Letters series [vol. XII]

Many of T.E. Lawrence's contemporaries found it incomprehensible that, while serving in the ranks as Aircraftman T.E. Shaw, he should remain on friendly terms with members of the political élite. There was surely a contradiction between these continuing relationships and his rejection of his former status.

This volume does not attempt to explain the contradiction. Rather, it puts on record evidence about the nature of these warm friendships - some close, some respectful, others relatively slight.

The correspondents (in alphabetical order) are Nancy Astor, Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton; John Buchan, writer and Unionist MP for the Combined Scottish Universities; Winston Churchill and his Private Secretary Edward Marsh; Lionel Curtis, Fellow of All Souls, editor of the Round Table, and one of the founding organisers of the Royal Institute of International Affairs; Geoffrey Dawson, Fellow of All Souls and Editor of The Times; Lord Lothian, Cabinet Minister, and Ernest Thurtle, the Labour MP for Shoreditch who was responsible, with Lawrence's help, for the abolition of the death penalty for cowardice in the British Army.

There are strong contrasts here - for example between the light-hearted letters to Nancy Astor (reminiscent in tone to those he had written to E.T. Leeds before the war), and the deeply introspective letters to Lionel Curtis, which include some of the most revealing Lawrence wrote. Here are his letters to Winston Churchill, his former chief at the Colonial Office, together with less formal letters to Eddie Marsh. The letters to Ernest Thurtle hint at his experience manipulating the political machine.

Given the circumstances and the personalities involved, the collection is extraordinary - as are the public tributes paid to Lawrence after his death.   

T. E. Lawrence Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-6


Edition limited to 427 numbered copies.  

xxii+338 pages, trimmed page-size 282x176 mm. Typeset in Caslon by Castle Hill Press. Frontis. portrait, index.

Standard bindings

300 copies

  1. Full-cloth binding. Top edge stained, head and tail bands, dust-jacket.
    ISBN 978 1 873141 79 3
  2. A number of copies are bound in quarter cloth.

Additional content in the special issues below

The quarter-goatskin and full-goatskin copies are accompanied by a 16-page supplement which contains additional correspondence relating to events after Lawrence's death. 

T. E. Lawrence Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-6T. E. Lawrence Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-6

Quarter-goatskin binding

45 copies, numbered 51-95, bound in quarter goatskin with cloth sides; top edge gilt, head and tail bands, letterpress-printed endpapers. This is a uniform series binding.

ISBN: 978 1 873141 78 6

Full-goatskin binding

50 copies, numbered 1-50, bound in full goatskin. All edges gilt, head and tail bands, letterpress-printed endpapers.

ISBN: 978 1 873141 77 9

Reserved copies

32 copies numbered I-XXX, A and B are reserved

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