I may have mentioned in this blog before that my favorite film of all time is Lawrence of Arabia and because of loving the film I've read books by and about the real man, T.E. Lawrence.
If I had a spare $100,000 I would head to London on March 27 to bid on a collection of books by T.E. Lawrence, including his rare work The Mint.
Bonhams Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts will auction The Mint and also a rare edition of Lawrence's book Seven Pillars of Wisdom in March. Each publication will be sold separately.
The real T.E. Lawrence
I read Seven Pillars of Wisdom a long time ago. The one for sale is a signed privately printed first edition and a personal gift to Lawrence's solicitor (lawyer). If you've seen the 1962 film with Peter O'Toole then you know the subject of this book, Lawrence's account of his role in the Arab Revolt (1916-1918) during World War I.
Not the edition on sale by Bonhams
I had not heard of The Mint before reading about this auction and I am intrigued by the description of the book. Having read a couple of biographies of T.E. Lawrence I am familiar with this strange period in his life. For some reason after having achieved world wide fame as Lawrence of Arabia and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, he enlisted in the RAF under an assumed name in the early 20's. The Mint is Lawrence's account of his life in the RAF (he was discovered but later allowed to enlist under his own name). Apparently the RAF requested that he not publish the book until 1950, but Lawrence died in a motorcycle accident in 1935.
Lawrence only completed a draft of this work and it was edited by his brother after his death. The Mint was published in 1936 first in the US at a price of $500,000 (and that was real money in those days), and later in a limited edition of 50 in the UK. The copy on sale next month was owned by the brother, Professor Arnold Lawrence, who gave it to the lawyer, Edward Eliot, on loan. The edition has the signature of Lawrence's brother and lawyer.
To read more about the sale you can go to Bonhams website at the link below:
See the list below for my fellow Tagteamers for FanstRAvaganza 3. I'm looking forward to joining this wonderful group of fellow Richard Armitage fans March 12-18 for what promises to be a FANtastic event.
Many of the participants on the list are new to me too and I'm looking forward to all the new places to explore. I am amazed that Richard Armitage inspires so many of us to go out into the world and explore our creative selves.
If you are curious about why such a large, international, and diverse group are inspired by Richard Armitage and his work, or are curious about him because of his role as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit, I encourage you to visit our blogs and websites during FranstRAvaganza and find out more.
To commemorate the day I thought I would revisit five of my favorite romantic movies of all time.
A Room with a View (1985)
The first time I saw this film I wanted to find a time machine and go back to Florence in 1900 and be Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter). Of course these days I’m more like her chaperone Charlotte (Maggie Smith). This is the ultimate romantic film full of magnificent performances by masterful veteran character actors like Maggie Smith and Judi Dench together with talented future stars of the screen like Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter. Top this with the gorgeous backdrop of Florence, Italy and beautiful locations in England and you just have to swoon at the love story of Lucy and George (Julian Sand).
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991)
Imagine the feeling of loss if the love of your life dies suddenly and you become inconsolable in your grief unable to move on. Imagine that he suddenly comes back into your life and home as a ghost. What would you do? How would you feel? Would you try to keep him there forever? Is the man you’ve idealized in your grief truly the particular person you lived with for years? One of the most beautiful and most funny films I’ve ever seen about love and loss. A heartbreaking and hilarious performance by Alan Rickman, and a sweet and sad performance by Juliet Stevenson.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Inspired by another favorite romantic film of mine, An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, this is the ultimate “meet cute” romantic comedy. Tom Hanks plays Sam the perfect regular guy next door and a widower with an adorable son. Oh yes, he lives in Seattle. One day lonely but adorable Baltimore reporter Annie, played by improbably cute Meg Ryan, listens to Sam’s love story with his late wife and his yearning for a new partner to spend his life with. Much mayhem and travel ensues until the meeting scene between them in the Empire State Building (see An Affair to Remember).
If only we could meet the love we let go in our youth again and persuade him to try again. This 1995 version of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion is my favorite of all. Amanda Root as Anne Elliott and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth are perfection in this film. No matter how many times I watch it I feel the yearning of Anne and the pride of Wentworth and wonder why we so often neglect to follow our heart.
How to Steal a Million (1966)
A caper comedy/romance of the type they don’t make any more starring two movie legends, Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn. Both are at their most charming and handsome in this tale of the art thief (or is he?) and the heiress (or is she?) and the greatest museum heist of all time.