National Geographic : 1937 Jan
fA RFREE... for your library -a book which until last year was available only in privately printed copies valued at $20,000 each-the unexpurgated SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM ABy T. E. LAWRENCE HE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM for years has partaken of the sen sational and legendary which surrounded everything that Law rence did. Lawrence finished it during six months of writing at the Peace Conference in Paris. Close to 250,000 words had been written. Then one day while he was changing trains at Reading Station near London, he left this manuscript unguarded and it disappeared. It has never been recovered. Within a few months he rewrote a second draft in 400,000 words; but his style was careless and realizing he would never be satisfied with it, a year later characteristically he burned the entire manuscript. The third text was begun at once and was composed with great care. It is the present one. It was privately printed in London and fabulous sums were said to have been paid for the few copies sold in England. Twenty copies were printed for America, to retain copyright here, and the price of these was set at $20,000 apiece. Upon his death, last year, the unex I purgated text was given to the world. "Lawrence was not writing a history in this book. . .. The stream of explanation and narrative is made up of many elements. There are studies of Arab history and Arab char acter, the latter brilliant in the extreme, and pen portraits of Arabs, Turks, French and British leaders of extraordinary wit, shrewd ness and power, and these and much else are floated on a narrative of adventures that are terrible, humorous, exciting to a degree unequalled in our time, enriched by descrip tions of the desert, of Arab life, of the back grounds of critical action, many of which are beautiful in a high degree, real master pieces of English prose. . . "But this is only one strand of this great book. . . . The other is philosophical, but in no abstract sense. It is the meditation, often agonized, sometimes profound and occasion ally petulant and despairing, of a leader torn between duty to his conscience and duty to his cause, of a Hamlet uncertain of the worth of his every action. . .. This is the memoir of a genius recording what he be lieved to be his failure as well as what he knew to be his triumph. It is an inextricable mixture of a human document, pure litera ture, philosophy, adventure, a history and a confession." WHYWEOFFERTOGIVEYOUAFREECOPYOFTHISBOOK... T HERE is no reader of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC who would not find it in many ways to his ad vantage to subscribe to the service of the Book-of the-Month Club; and we make this extraordinary offer in order to demonstrate that this is the case. What we here propose is this: mail the inquiry coupon, and a copy of this fine library volume will immediately be put aside in your name, and held until we hear whether or not you care to join. In the meantime, a booklet will at once be sent to you outlining how the Club operates. Study this booklet at your leisure. If, after read ing it, you decide to join the Club, the free copy of SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM being reserved for you will at once be shipped to you. Here is a very interesting fact: over 125,000 families-composed of discerning but busy readers like yourself-now get most of their books through the Book-of-the-Month Club; and of these tens of thousands of people not a single one was induced to join by a salesman; every one of them joined upon his own initiative, upon the recommendation of friends who were members, or after simply reading -as we ask you to do-the bare facts about the many ways in which membership in the Club bene fits you as a book-reader and book-buyer. BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB, Inc. A361 386 Fourth Avenue, New York, N. Y. PLEASE send me without cost, a booklet outlining how the Book-of-the-Month Club operates. This request involves me in no obligation to subscribe to your service. It is understood that if I decide to join the Club I will receive a free copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. N am e.............................................................................. A d d ress...................................................................... .... C ity......................... .... . . . . . . . . State...........................