Genius of Friendship (e-book only)
78 print pages, paperback, Henry Williamson Society, 1988; e-book 2014
ISBN: 978-1-873507-64-3 (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-1-873507-65-0 (EPUB)
Genius of Friendship, last reprinted by the Henry Williamson Society in 1988 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of T. E. Lawrence and long out of print, is a memoir by Henry Williamson recounting his friendship with Lawrence – ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. This was a friendship through correspondence, for the two men actually met only twice. It had its beginning in a long letter critiquing Williamson's Hawthornden Prize-winning book Tarka the Otter that Lawrence sent to Edward Garnett from India early in 1928 and which Garnett then forwarded to the author.
The memoir quotes extensively from Lawrence’s letters to Williamson, which are both literary and personal in content, and make for fascinating reading. They continue up to Lawrence’s death in 1935; indeed, Lawrence’s last act, before his fatal motorcycle accident, was to send a telegram to Williamson arranging a meeting; he crashed while returning from the post office. The telegram is reproduced as a frontispiece to the book.
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