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Wilfred Thesiger By Alexander Maitland

Wilfred Thesiger
by Alexander Maitland

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Wilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This biography investigates his parents and family influences; his wartime experiences and the ethos of conflict; his development as a photographer; his friendships with the Arabs and Africans, amongst whom he lived; and his sexuality.
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Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer by Alexander Maitland

Wilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This authorised biography by a long-standing friend and associate, delves into his little-known character and motivations, as well as recounting the details of his extraordinary life. While Wilfred Thesiger's own classic writings, (including "The Marsh Arabs", "Arabian Sands", "Desert, Marsh and Mountain", "The Life of My Choice" and" My Kenya Days") comprehensively cover his classic journeys amongst the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq, across the Empty Quarter in Arabia, they fail conspicuously to shed light on his character and motives, which have remained an enigma. Maitland's biography had Thesiger's support before he died in 2003, and has been written with full access, granted to no one else, to the rich Thesiger archive - vivid, intimate family correspondence, and his own letters, diaries and notebooks, which are far more confiding than his scrupulously edited published accounts. Maitland investigates in depth Thesiger's parents and family influences; his wartime experiences and the ethos of conflict; his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist; his development as a writer and photographer; his close friendships with the Arabs and Africans, amongst whom he lived; and his sexuality. In all, this major biography of a great and unusual man will take its place on the shelf of outstanding lives of the great explorers.

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About Alexander Maitland


Alexander Maitland was a close friend of Thesiger for forty years. He edited Thesiger's anthology, My Life and Travels (2002) and helped produce Thesiger's My Kenya Days, The Danakil Diary, Among the Mountains and A Vanished World. He is the author of biographies of Freya Stark and John Hanning Speke, and most recently of Wilfred Thesiger: A Life in Pictures.

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GOR004833404
Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer by Alexander Maitland
Alexander Maitland
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2006-02-20
448
0002556081
9780002556088
N/A
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