Fri, March 23, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.207
No figure in twentieth-century Anglo-American history is so enigmatic, intriguing, and charismatic as Thomas Edward Lawrence of Arabia. Although long upheld as a model British hero, his reputation came under furious assault in the 1950s at the hands of biographer Richard Aldington. Aldington's purpose was not only to destroy Lawrence's renown but also to challenge the British ruling class and its code of Edwardian principle and martial honor. Winston Churchill stoutly defended Lawrence as hisBertram Wyatt-Brown is the Richard J. Milbauer Professor at the University of Florida and Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of ten books including the famous Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South. He is currently writing a book entitled Who Owns the Dead? The Hazards of Biography and Memoir, in which T. E. Lawrence's career will be one of the chapters.