Minorities Compiled by T.E. Lawrence ; edited by J.M. Wilson ; with a preface by C. Day Lewis.
London : Jonathan Cape, 1971. First British Edition. Hardcover. 272 pages ; 23 cm. 2.50 shilling dust jacket. Jacket's in tattered condition with large rips to front side and coffee stain to it. No missing piece to it, just a bit soiled. A few dog ears to pages. No markings within book. Pages are age toned. Binding is firm.
After T. E. Lawrence's death in 1935, more than three hundred volumes of verse were found in his library at Clouds Hill. Since childhood, he had been an avid student of poetry, which he once described as 'the crown and head, the only essential branch of letters'.
Much of this collection, published here for the first time, was made in the crucial period between the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Lawrence's enlistment in the R.A.F. in 1922 and provides biographical evidence of far-reaching importance. It was, he wrote, 'my private anthology which necessity and much traveling compelled me to select and copy into a small notebook for myself. A notebook called Minorities: since they are good poems by small poets, or small poems by good poets.'
In his Preface, C. Day Lewis discusses Lawrence's interest in poetry. J. M. Wilson, who during his research for a T. E. Lawrence bibliography had access to material normally unavailable, provides an account of the important developments in Lawrence's thinking, clearly reflected by the main themes in Minorities.
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