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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Of the friendships Thesiger made at Eton, that with Val ffrench Blake was one of
the most significant. Three years his junior, ffrench Blake was intelligent and
practical, a gifted musician with a precocious mastery of classics. Thesiger
Val ffrench Blake to WT: letter dated 28 December 1956 7. ibid. 8. Asher:
Thesiger, 1994: 450 9. WT verbatim: 1980 10. Gavin Young verbatim 11. Graham
Watson to WT: letter dated 2 April 1957 12. WT to KMA: letter dated 6 April 1957
Lt Col R.L.V. ffrench Blake to WT: letter dated 26 August 1959 66. T.H. White to
WT: letter dated 13 March 1963 (private collection) 67. WT verbatim: 1995 68.
Maggs Bros 'Thesiger Library' catalogue no. 1193, 1995: 38 69. TLMC: 418 70.
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