Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer
HarperPress, 2006 - 528 sivua
Wilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This authorised biography by a longstanding friend and associate delves into his little-known character and motivations, as well as recounting the details of his extraordinary life.While Wilfred Thesiger's own classic writings (including The Marsh Arabs, Arabian Sands, Desert, Marsh and Mountain, The Life of My Choice and My Kenya Days) comprehensively cover his classic journeys amongst the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq, across the Empty Quarter in Arabia, they fail conspicuously to shed light on his character and motives, which have remained an enigma.Maitland's biography had Thesiger's support before he died in 2003, and has been written with full access, granted to no one else, to the rich Thesiger archive - vivid, intimate family correspondence, and his own letters, diaries and notebooks which are far more confiding than his scrupulously edited published accounts. Maitland investigates in depth Thesiger's parents and family influences; his wartime experiences and the ethos of conflict; his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist; his development as a writer and photographer; his close friendships with the Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived; and his sexuality. In all, this major biography of a great and unusual man will take its place on the shelf of outstanding lives of the great explorers.
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Thesiger and Maxwell flew from London to Baghdad overnight on 30 January. By
the time Maxwell left Thesiger on 30 March, they had been together for just over
two months. Thesiger's 1956 southern Iraq diary needs to be read with care, ...
This marked the beginning of the end of his friendship with Maxwell. In March
1958 he advised Kathleen: 'Don't let Gavin worry you. I have no intention of
seeing much of him again. I don't trust him an inch. However it is better not to
avoid him ...
Gavin Maxwell: A Reed Shaken by the Wind, 1957: 2 70. WT to KMA: letter dated
1 June 1954 71. Maxwell, 1957:3 72. WT verbatim: 4 June 1964. (Sir) Bernard
Miles wrote to WT from the Mermaid Theatre on 3 May 1965: 'It was a great ...
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