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Gertrude Bell : the Arabian Diaries, 1913-1914 (00 Edition)by Rosemary (ed.) O'brien
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Gertrude Bell's Arabian diaries, published here for the first time, rank as one of the great travel narratives, carrying readers along on a desperate and heroic journey that foreshadows the emergence of the future imperial servant in Baghdad in the l920s.<P>The Englishwoman Gertrude Bell lived an extraordinary life. Her adventures are the stuff of novels: she rode with bandits; braved desert shamals; was captured by Bedouins; and sojourned in a harem. Called the most powerful woman in the British Empire, she counseled kings and prime ministers.<P>In this volume of three of her notebooks, Rosemary O'Brien preserves Bell's elegant, vibrant prose, and presents Bell as a brilliant tactician fearlessly confronting her own vulnerability. Her journey to northern Arabia in 1914 earned Bell professional recognition from the Royal Geographical Society, and solidified her reputation as a canny political analyst of Middle Eastern affairs.
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Three notebooks, first published here, record the British adventuress' journey to northern Arabia and foreshadow her service to the Empire in Baghdad during the 1920s. Editor Rosemary O'Brien has included Bell's photographs and excerpts of lover letters between her and her married lover, for whom she wrote her diaries.
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