A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert (Penguin Classics)

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The writings of one of the great woman adventurers of the twentieth century - the 'female Lawrence of Arabia' - and the subject of a new film starring Nicole Kidman.

In the last century, few people lived more astounding - or influential - lives than Gertrude Bell. During World War I, she worked her way up from spy to army major to become one of the most powerful woman in the British Empire. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, she was instrumental in drawing the borders that define the region today, including creating an independent Iraq. This is the epic story of Bell's life, told through her letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and other writings. It offers a unique and intimate look behind the public mask of a woman who shaped nations.

Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was born to an aristocratic family and became a renowned archaeologist, Arabist, linguist, writer, poet, and mountaineer. During WWI she served as a spy, army major and then advisor for the British armed forces. In the aftermath of the war, her statesmanship helped to lay the framework for the modern Middle East.

Georgina Howell is the author of the acclaimed biography Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations.

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A portrait in her own words of the female Lawrence of Arabia, the subject of two upcoming major motion pictures Gertrude Bell was leaning in 100 years before Sheryl Sandberg. One of the great woman adventurers of the twentieth century, she turned her back on Victorian society to study at Oxford and travel the world, and became the chief architect of British policy in the Middle East after World War I. Mountaineer, archaeologist, Arabist, writer, poet, linguist, and spy, she dedicated her life to championing the Arab cause and was instrumental in drawing the borders that define today's Middle East. Forthright and spirited, opinionated and playful, and deeply instructive about the Arab world, this volume brings together her letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and travel writings to offer an intimate look at a woman who shaped nations.

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[A] well-chosen selection from [the] letters and memoirs [of] one of the most remarkable figures of the late 19th and early 20th century . . . Bell might be regarded as the much happier, female equivalent of T. E. Lawrence, who knew and admired her ( Washington Post)

A fascinating glimpse at [Bell's] larger-than-life personality . . . Timely and timeless . . . The genius of this collection is letting Bell tell her story in her own words-just as her fiercely independent spirit would have wanted. Impossible to put down, the book reads a bit like a travelog, part humorous wit and part educational lecture, allowing the reader an in-depth look at the life of a true heroine and the time period she inhabited and conquered ( Library Journal)

An impressive anthology . . . Howell brings the 'female Lawrence of Arabia' to life through judicious selections from Bell's massive public writings and personal papers. . . . Bell comes across as a compassionate, erudite quasi-diplomat worthy of great admiration ( Kirkus Reviews)

Tantalizing . . . Fascinating . . . Bell's own words showcase . . . a personality and intellect that glittered like the sun-drenched Arabian sands. . . . Readers will accompany her on some of her most daring exploits. . . . This is a nifty little volume that illuminates a remarkable life ( Publishers Weekly)

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