Robert Irwin: Richard Aldington’s Gripes
18 February 1999
Show More Richard Aldington and Lawrence of Arabia: A Cautionary Tale by Fred Crawford.
Southern Illinois, 265 pp., £31.95, July 1998, 0 8093 2166 1Show More
Lawrence the Uncrowned King of Arabia by Michael Asher.
Viking, 419 pp., £20, October 1998, 0 670 87029 3Show More
“... to Lawrence Durrell, ‘was the mouthpiece of a powerful clique of Oxonians ... The whole mixed with Cairo buggery – O good Lord!’ As he saw it, Lawrence of Arabia had posthumously become a gay icon. In a later book, Frauds (1957), he dealt mercilessly with such miscellaneous charlatans as Lambert Simnel, George Psalmanazar, the 18th-century literary impostor, and Maundy Gregory, the ...”