Subject: White Knight of Arabia
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Wed May 19, 1999 at 11:11AM

White Knight of Arabia

On this day in nineteen thirty five
T. E. Lawrence lost his fight to survive
After years leading war on Arabian desert
He'd lose his life on a road ... paved, yet

In a small town in the Dorset countryside
Swerving to avoid a cyclist on his right ...
Sending his speeding motorbike hurtling thru space
Causing the Colonel to land right upon his face

Creating a major skull fracture and brain contusions
Which (had he survived) would've caused major confusion
For he wouldn't have been able to see, think, or to speak
So, perhaps, said the doctors, it's better he only lasted a week

A not very fitting end to the life of the great Lawrence of Arabia
Who rallied so many Arabs behind him in their fight to be freer ...
From the might of the Turks, who were controlling their lives
And Lawrence understood their plight and gave them pride ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
9:15am Wed. May 19th, 1999

Books by Thomas Edward Lawrence:
The Wilderness of Zin (1915)
Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926)
Revolt in the Desert (1927)

Peter O'Toole - who played Lawrence in the film,
was given the part by David Lean (the director)
only after the following were considered ...
Marlon Brando, Anthony Perkins, Albert Finney
(the latter actually had started filming)

The film earned seven Oscars in 1962:

Best Picture - Sam Spiegel (Producer)
Best Director - Sir David Lean
Cinematography - Freddie Young
Film Editing - Anne V. Coates
Music Score - Maurice Jarre
Sound - John Cox (Shepperton Studios)
Art Direction/Set Decoration

and Nominations for:

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif (supporting)
and Robert Bolt for screenplay adaptation
(from Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom)