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The T.E.Lawrence Approach to Editing

Talking of Lawrence of Arabia (well, we were two posts ago – work with me here), my father recently had to move out of his house and I’ve been sorting through some of his old books. In the middle of this I came across an old two-volume hardback edition of Lawrence’s “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. As it happens, I’ve never read this (although I’ve seen the film, of course), but I think I want to now. Because the preface contains this wonderful exchange between the editor and the man himself:

Hands up who else could hear Peter O’Toole reading that. It’s brilliant, isn’t it?

2 Comments

  1. Oscar Windsor-Smith

    August 26, 2009 at 11:26 am

    The ‘Slip 53′ response is a real gem, isn’t it? Thanks for reminding me of this, Jon. I acquired an original copy of Seven Pillars – like your father’s, it seems – some years ago, have read but like so much else largely forgotten. Must revisit.

    :) scar

  2. admin

    August 26, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Isn’t it just? Seems to be the second edition of the book, dated 1939. Which one have you got?

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