Books: Reviewer's Scoop

Strangest aspect of the career of the late Colonel T. E. Lawrence was the astonishing lack of success that attended his efforts to keep out of the public eye.

Few secrets in recent history have been so badly kept as Lawrence's many secret missions and changes of identity, his periodic and highly publicized droppings-out-of-sight. Few carefully-guarded, privately-printed volumes have become so well-known as his Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Last month the curtain was drawn from another characteristic Lawrence concealment when Critic Henry Seidel Canby, beating the release date on a book by...

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