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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T. E. Lawrence's Works and Correspondence
A scholarly fine-press edition
The Castle Hill Press edition of T.E. Lawrence's works and correspondence is published on subscription. It includes many writings not published elsewhere and aims to meet the needs of researchers and others who are seriously interested in aspects of Lawrence's life. These are readers who need reliable, well indexed texts, and who appreciate authoritative yet restrained editorial commentary that, for example, seeks to provide context where letters would otherwise lose meaning.
Such editions are impossible without a firm editorial policy. That was developed at the outset by Jeremy Wilson (Lawrence's authorised biographer) and his wife and co-editor Nicole. The challenge is to provide enough collateral information, but not too much. We are constantly tempted to tell readers more about allusions to people or events that we have researched and found interesting. Yet, without deliberate restraint, the editorial matter can swamp the content, obscuring the subtleties in letters that may be the only first-hand evidence we have about a personal relationship.
We also feel that our responsibility is to present historians with the raw material for analysis, not to pass judgments of our own. Numerous passages in letters throw interesting light on Lawrence's activities, values and attitudes. It is often tempting to point that out, but we usually print them without comment. What is obvious to us will surely be obvious to other readers as well.
Even with the outstanding research archive available to this edition, it would take one person about a year to assemble a Letters series volume (the process is described here). As the series has no outside funding, much of the cost has to be recovered from subscribers. These could never be mass-market editions.
In practice, it is readers who decide what kind of editing they like enough to pay for. When we issued the first Letters series volume in 2000 we could only do our best, and hope others would like it enough to make the edition viable. Happily, the series is still running, sixteen years (and eleven letters-volumes) later.
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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, writing in English Literature in Transition]
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