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