Pensive Ludwig II appreciation post
The Hunt /Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/
I meant to write you a readable letter, but am slack. So is my forthcoming volume of stories, yet it will be dedicated, I have decided ‘To T.E., in the absence of anything else’ The dedication can be given a wrong meaning, which you will enjoy doing, and I shall like to think of you doing it. The matter is decided therefore. One of the stories is a feeble timid premonition of the one which is with you now and which is yours really, and that is what the dedication really means. If you ever inscribe anything to me, either good bad or indifferent, I shall be a lot annoyed. (This too can be given a wrong meaning. Care to have a try?)
Letter from E.M. Forster to T.E. Lawrence
The dedication appeared in The Eternal Moment and Other Stories(via ouphrontis)
Alexander Lutz ad Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Colonel T.E. Lawrence, oil on canvas, by Augustus John OM, 1919.
Author Scott Anderson (Lawrence In Arabia) explains why T.E. Lawrence was “such a brilliant military strategist” :[B]efore he went into archaeology, his field of intense interest was medieval history and specifically medieval military history. And what’s fascinating is the way war was being waged at the beginning of the 20th century in Arabia … was very similar to the way war was in 14th century Europe. It was war on its most primal level where where you went, who you attacked and when was determined by where there was water, where there was forage for your animals, and even how you recruited armies. Because you didn’t have a national army, so recruiting a rebel force of Arab tribesmen in Arabia meant going to the different sheiks and often forging a rapprochement between two rival sheiks … that was very much the way armies were formed in medieval Europe, so I think Lawrence had an innate understanding of how to wage war in the Middle East that a regular military officer of the time who had studied Napoleonic wars or even trench warfare, it would’ve been utterly alien to them.