Thursday, May 20, 2010
T.E. Lawrence (born in Tremadoc, Wales, in 1888), known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia, was a legendary war hero, author, and archaeological scholar, who died on May 19, 1935. The retired Royal Air Force mechanic who lived under an assumed name succumbed to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident six days before. His English translation of Homer's Odyssey was published under the name of T.E. Shaw. The Mint, a fictionalized account of Royal Air Force recruit training, was not published until 1955 because of its explicitness. Lawrence was a gifted military strategist and was greatly admired by the Bedouin people of Arabia. All of Britain mourned his passing.