A Woman in Arabia

A Woman in Arabia

The Writings of the Queen of the Desert

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"A portrait in her own words of the female Lawrence of Arabia. One of the great woman adventurers of the twentieth century and the chief architect of British policy in the Middle East after World War I, Gertrude Bell turned her back on Victorian society to study at Oxford and travel the world. Mountaineer, archaeologist, Arabist, writer, poet, linguist, and spy, she dedicated her life to championing the Arab cause and was instrumental in drawing the borders that define today's Middle East. As she wrote in one of her letters, "It's a bore being a woman when you are in Arabia." Forthright and spirited, opinionated and playful, and deeply instructive about the Arab world, this volume brings together Bell's letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and travel writings to offer an intimate look at a woman who shaped nations."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780143107378
Call Number: 956.02 B433w 2015
Characteristics: xlv, 272 pages : maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Howell, Georgina 1942-- Editor


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Gertrude Bell turned her back on Victorian society and choose to travel the world. She became a champion of the Arab cause. Her story is told here through her letters and books giving fresh insight into her life.

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Feb 27, 2017

I was eager to read this book and was very disappointed: about half the book is the editor's comments and introductions; the editor - presumably a failed writer - doesn't know how to edit and thinks their job is to ostentatiously insert themselves into the book and co-write the book.


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