|With Lawrence in Arabia ~ 1924 ~ Garden City Publishing Co.
~ With black and white photographs by H. A. Chase and Lowell Thomas.
"Lowell Thomas's first book was on the exploits of T.E. Lawrence in the Arab Revolt during World War I. LT and four assistants visited TE in early 1917. Lowell Thomas put together a lecture series accompanied by hand painted color slides made from the photos taken by Harry Chase who accompanied Thomas on his trip to the Middle East. The lecture series was titled "The Last Crusade: With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia". It opened at London's Royal Albert Hall in the fall of 1919 and played to packed houses during its long run. Thomas eventually took it on a worldwide tour and made a fortune from it. Riding on the success of the lecture tour, LT wrote a series of articles for "Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient" in 1919 and 1920. In 1924 this book was published and was to be so successful that it has been republished in numerous editions. In 1927, LT followed up with a children's book titled "The Boys Life of Colonel Lawrence" in 1927."
Revolt in the Desert
Lowell Thomas was a man ahead of his time: the first roving newscaster, a film maker through the 1920s, a radio presenter in the 1930s, an adventurer who wrote more than 50 books, he was heralded as the father of 'Cinerama'. Born in 1892, Lowell Thomas started out as a reporter for the Chicago Evening Journal. He had a flair for making ordinary stories exciting. Inspired by the growing art of documentary film, Thomas dreamed of filming the war in Europe. He raised $50,000 from Chicago businessmen and headed for France accompanied by his wife and a talented cameraman, Harry Chase.Depressed by the brutality of the war on the Western Front Thomas and Chase set off for the Middle East. They arrived in time to film General Allenby's historic entry in to Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem they met the man who was to make them famous, a diminutive British officer in a borrowed uniform called Captain Lawrence. Lawrence was allegedly introduced to Thomas as the 'Uncrowned King of Arabia'. Thomas and Chase were invited to Feisal's desert camp where they shot moving and still pictures of Lawrence with the Arabs. Later both men were to dispute how long the filming had taken, Thomas claiming it was a few weeks, Lawrence said it was only days. Lawrence later claimed he had been "tricked" into being filmed and photographed; Thomas said he had been a willing model. Nonetheless, the images of Lawrence in Arabia captivated a public exhausted by the horrors of the 'war to end all wars'.The romantic and adventurous tales of this "mysterious blue eyed Arab in the garb of a prince wandering the streets" were an instant hit. Lowell Thomas' screen show showed to packed audiences in New York and then London. Thomas' planned London run of two weeks was extended and ran for six months. There was even a Royal Command Performance. Allenby turned up to a standing ovation and Thomas later claimed that even Lawrence had sneaked in for a viewing.The show went on to Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, India and Canada. Over four million people saw it, making Thomas millions of dollars and turning Lawrence into a movie star. Lawrence at once loved and hated fame and never forgave Thomas for exploiting his image, calling him a 'vulgar man'.When asked about Lawrence's aversion to celebrity Lowell Thomas quoted an old Turkish saying, "He had a genius for backing into the limelight". Thomas went on to live an adventurous life, making many more films and radio broadcasts. He was also the first man to film the Dalai Lama in Tibet. Thomas died in 1981 in New York at the age of 89.
|Basil Thomson 1861 - 1939|
|My Experiences at Scotland Yard ~1923 ~ NY: Garden City
~ Basil Thomson's adventures in Scotland Yard include not only dealing
with the ordinary criminal, but also with military problems, spies, and
The Story of Scotland Yard ~ 1936 ~ 347 pages ~ Literary Guild
The Scene Changes ~ 1937 ~ NY: Doubleday, illustrated
|Basil Thomson (1861 - 1939) Superintendent of Metropolitan Police and Director of Scotland Yard's Special Branch: The son of Archbishop William Thomson of York, England, Basil Thomson was educated at Eton and Oxford, becoming a lawyer before joining the colonial service. He served in Fiji and Tonga where he was briefly the Prime Minister. After returning to England, in 1896, Thomson was appointed governor of Dartmoor and Wormwood Scrubs prisons where some of England's most infamous prisoners were jailed. In 1913, Thomson was named chief of the Criminal Investigation Department at Scotland Yard. At that time the Yard's Special Branch also fell under his supervision. During World War I, he worked with Vernon Kell's MI5, as Special Branch had the only authority to arrest spies on behalf of British counterintelligence. He was responsible for the arrest and jailing of German spies rooted out by MI5, including Karl Ernst and Karl Hans Lody. It was Thomson who boarded the Dutch liner Noordam carrying German spymaster Franz von Rintelen, arresting him and removing him to prison, on a tip from Reginald Hall's naval intelligence, which had intercepted an Abwehr coded message and determined the spy would be on the vessel. Thomson's reputation as a spycatcher was such that Mata Hari came to see him when passing through London to learn if Special Branch really knew that she was a German spy. Thomson, in his interview with her, guessed as much and warned her to "quit the dangerous business" in which she was involved, advice she never took. Had she, Mata Hari might not have faced a French firing squad a short time later Because of his superlative work with Special Branch in World War I, Thomson was knighted in 1918. He retired in 1921, and died in March 1939, not living to see Special Branch perform its outstanding counterintelligence work in World War II and throughout the Cold War.|
|Katherine Cecil Thurston 1875 - 1911|
|The Gambler ~ 1905
The Masquerader ~ 1904 ~ G&D Illustrated by Clarence F. Underwood
Online eText Edition: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=5422
John Chilcote or the Masqueraders Donohue & Ogilvie - reprint Harper 1904 - 254 pages
The Fly on the Wheel
The Mystics 1907 Harper
A night journey is essentially a thing of possibilities:. Max
An eight-mile drive over rain-washed Irish roads in the quick-falling dusk of autumn is an experience trying to the patience, even to the temper, of the average Saxon. - The Gambler
Two incidents, widely different in character yet bound together by results, marked the night of January the twenty-third. - The Masquerader
Cecil Thurston: English novelist and playwright (1875
1879-1911; b. Wood’s Gift, Cork, dg. Dr. Paul Madden, friend of Parnell; ed. privately; m. Ernest Temple Thurston, 1901, sep. 1907, and div., 1910; success with John Chilcote (1904), second novel; her popular novels include The Gambler, and The Fly on the Wheel, all dramatised; due to remarry when she was found dead in her room at Moore’s Hotel, Cork; verdict asphyxia as result of epileptic fit [Brown, implies suicide] 5 Sept..
Novels, The Circle (Edin: Blackwood 1903), John Chilcote (Edin: Blackwood 1904); The Gambler (London: Hutchinson 1906); The Mystics (Edin: Blackwood 1907); The Fly on the Wheel (London: Hutchinson 1908; rep. Virago 1987); Max (London: Hutchinson 1910). Note, an extract from ‘The Fly on the Wheel’ appears in Colm Toibín, ed., The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999).
Ireland in Fiction, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), lists John Chilcote, MP (London: Hutchinson 1906; NY: Harper; new eds., 1917), of which 200,000 copies were sold in USA; also The Gambler (London: Hutchinson 1906; NY: Harper, new ed. 1917) [psychological study of Irish woman’s character, Protestant upper middle class society; Ireland, Venice, and London; smart set, empty life; two ill-assorted marriages; shows foolish pride of some Irish gentry]; The Fly on the Wheel (Blackwood 1908), 327pp. [Middle class Catholic Waterford; self-willed girl in revolt; falls in love with middle-aged Stephen Carey; restraint, though passionate scenes; complications ended by intervention of priest, sympathetically drawn; ends in suicide of girl; Brown adds, ‘The manner of the author’s own death gives this a poignant interest].’Unveiling Treasures, ed., Ann Owens Weekes (Dublin: Attic Press 1993), m. English novelist and playwright, 1901; John Chilcote MP (1904), political thriller, sensational incidents, dramatised by her husband, and twice filmed; sense of humour and colourful life-style; The Fly on the Wheel (1908) and Max  more original; compares her Waterford fiction world of newly arisen Catholic middle classes to Kate O’Brien’s, ‘guards itself against intrusion of questions, ideas or characters; although Waterford matrons welcome Isabella Costello, beautiful, penniless, but educated (in Fly), she will not be accepted as wife to their sons; engaged to young Frank Carey, whom she met in Paris; his brother Stephen intervenes; Stephen, the ‘father’ of his brothers, all sons of a builder, ruthlessly refuses to pay Frank’s fees unless she writes and breaks the engagement; ‘if a woman likes to make a poor marriage she does it with her eyes open and she finds compensations; it’s the man who does it blindly, and its the man who sinks under it’; but Stephen falls in love with Isabel; refuses to leave Waterford because it would blight his sons future; bitterly humorous analysis of Irish Catholic middle-class society of time; rep. Virago, 1987, ed. Janet Madden-Simpson, with afterword; lists The Circle (Edinburgh: Blackwood 1903), John Chilcote (Edinburgh: Blackwood 1904); The Gambler (Edinburgh: Hutchinson 1906); The Mystics (London: Blackwood 1907); The Fly on the Wheel (1908; rep. Virago 1987); Max (London: Hutchinson 1910), all novels.
|Dwight Tilton pseud: Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909-1976)|
|Miss Petticoat 1905
Noted for Cape Cod mysteries featuring Asey Mayo: Asey Mayo does for Cape Cod what Travis McGee does for Southern Florida. These books were written in the 40s and it is very surprising the number of issues that the inhabits complained about back then that are similar to today's issues. These mysteries poke fun at the provincial attitudes of Cape Codders (that hasn't changed) and have a cast of absurd characters. They are a little old fashioned (but don't tell the characters that!), but worth the read if just to give us a chance to visit the Cape when there was more wilderness and it didn't take hours to cross the Bourne bridge.
|Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909-1976) was born in Boston. She wrote a lot of pulp mysteries in the 1930s and 1940s. Her detective Asey Mayo was very popular and she wrote many mysteries around this humorous Cape Codder. She also wrote under several pen names including Alice Tilton which she used for her Leonidas Witherall mysteries.|
|Henry Major Tomlinson June 21,1873 - February 5, 1958|
and the Jungle ~ 1920 ~ NY: E. P. Dutton ~ 1912 ~ Illustrated
with sixteen woodcuts by Clare Leighton.
Being the narrative of the voyage of the tramp steamer Capella from Swansea to Para in the Brazils, and thence 2000 miles along the forests of the Amazon and Madeira Rivers to the San Antonio Falls; afterwards returning to Barbados for orders, and going by way of Jamaica to Tampa in Florida, where she loaded for home. Done in the years 1909 and 1910.
Online eText Edition: http://www.eldritchpress.org/hmt/seaj.htm
Considered a masterpiece of travel literature for nearly a century, The Sea and the Jungle is a wise and witty book of firsts: ostensibly a light-hearted story of a Londoner's first ocean voyage, it is also a carefully crafted journalistic account of the first successful ascent of the Amazon River and its tributary, the Madeira, by an English steamer. One rainy morning in November 1909, Henry Major Tomlinson bid farewell to his family and set off to find his berth as purser aboard the Capella, where he would spend many storm-driven days until landfall at Para on the Brazilian coast. But his travels had only begun, as the steamer continued its journey 2,000 miles up the Amazon. Encountering tiny jungle villages and exotic flora and fauna of awesome beauty and ferociousness - the meddlesome insect life in particular attracted his attention - Tomlinson recorded all he saw in cleverly humorous style: never condescending, but always aware of the inherent inappropriateness of his presence in this strange land. This masterpiece of travel literature, ostensibly a lighthearted story of a Londoner's first ocean voyage, is also a carefully crafted journalistic account of the first successful ascent of the Amazon River and its tributary, the Madeira, by an English steamer.
First published in 1912, this is a thoroughly unromanticized, absorbing account of a 2,000-mile journey by steamship deep into the Amazon. The tale, understated and often hilarious, meanders like a great river. Here's a sample: "We were then a thousand miles from the sea, well within South America. But that meeting place of the Amazon and its chief tributary was an expanse of water surprising in its immensity." A classic
Major Tomlinson, eldest son of Henry Tomlinson and Emily Major, was
born in Poplar, London, on 21st June 1873. His father was a foreman in
the West India Dock and as a boy Tomlinson developed a strong interest
in ships. After an education at the local school, Tomlinson worked as a
clerk in a shipping office. Henry Tomlinson had died in 1886 and the family
was dependent on the six shillings he received for his labours. In the
evenings Tomlinson continued his education by studying geology, botany,
mineralogy and zoology. Tomlinson began contributing material to the Morning
Leader and in 1904 he was employed as a full-time reporter for the newspaper.
Tomlinson specialized in articles on ships and travelling. Ernest Peake,
the editor, sent him on several trips including sailing 2,000 miles up
the Amazon. His first book, The Sea and the Jungle (1912) was immediately
identified as a classic. Despite the success of The Sea and the Jungle,
Tomlinson continued to work as a journalist. A leader-writer for the Daily
News, Tomlinson was sent to France on the outbreak of the First World War.
Soon afterwards he was recruited by the British Army as its official war
Tomlinson became disillusioned with the conduct of the war and in 1917 returned to England to become literary editor of The Nation. Tomlinson worked closely with the magazine's editor, H. W. Massingham, a strong opponent of the war. Tomlinson and Massingham both resigned from The Nation in April, 1923 when Joseph Rowntree decided to sell the journal to a group headed by John Maynard Keynes. Tomlinson's first novel, Gallions Reach, won the Femina Vie Heureuse prize in 1927. Three years later Tomlinson published an autobiographical account of his war experiences, All Our Yesterdays (1930). Another anti-war book, Mars His Idiot, appeared in 1935. Other books by Tomlinson include two collections of essays, The Turn of the Tide (1945) and A Mingled Yarn (1953). His last book, The Trumpet Shall Sound (1957), was a story about the Second World War. Henry Major Tomlinson died on 5th February, 1958.
|Walter E. Traprock (pseud.for George Shepard Chappell)|
|Cruise of the Kawa; Wanderings in the South
Seas ~1921 ~ NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons ~ Flyleaf inscription:
Edgar Rice Burroughs, December 25 1922, Tarzana Ranch. An
idyllic journey through the islands of the South Seas aboard the Kawa,
as it made it's leisurely journey through Polynesia in the years following
the First World War. The discovery of the "Filbert Islands": with
17 illustrations and a map. B&W Frontispiece. Trip to the South Seas.
A rib-tickling parody of the usual Polynesian idyll, by Dr. Traprock, F.R.S.S.E.U.,
putative author of Around Russia on Roller Skates, and other gems of the
Online eText Edition: Wandering In The South Seas.
Sarah of the Sahara (possibly Walter E. Irwin?)
The Author and His Island Bride
Around Russia on Roller Skates
|George Shepard Chappell (Traprock) was a New Yorkarchitect who had been recruited by the enterprising Putnamto write a spoof on travelogues that had become faddish at thetime - particularly those dealing with exploration in the SouthSea Islands. As Putnam was to write in the publisher's noteintroducing the book..."To be unread in Polynesiana is to beintellectually declasse." Most often these publications wereoverburdened with self-serving references to extreme braveryand noble purpose, a condition ripe for parody. The subject of Putnam's "fabricated" book, ghost - written by Chappell, wasadventure travel in the South Sea Islands. The title selected forthe book was The Cruise of the Kawa. The publicized author ofthis farcical book was Dr. Walter E. Traprock, the Captain ofthe Kawa. In at least one instance, the intrepid author is simply referred to by hisinitials...WET. If you were to read The Cruise of the Kawa, which may still be availablefrom small book sellers on the Internet, you will find a truly hilarious book that surelygave the perpetrators of the farce a great deal of fun. Numerous photographs areincluded; all of them an obvious farce. In the photograph above, you will note Dr.Traprock,with his gorgeous Filbert Island bride. Whether we see George Chappell posing for this photo is not presently known, but it seems faithful to the "let's all havefun" spirit of the book that he probably did so.Putnam described this book a "ribald whimsy that sold near to a hundredthousand copies...some publishers looked down their noses. There were those, no doubt,who felt that the ancient respectability of the "House of Putnam" was being outraged.Myself I always thought that a little laughter was good for any business-especially if itsold merchandise."|
|Edward John Trelawny Nov. 13, 1792, London ~ Aug 13, 1881 Sompting, Sussex|
|Adventures of a Younger Son ~ 1831 Reprinted by Oxford
University Press, 1974.
John Trelawny (1792–1881). An English author and adventurer. Trelawny
was a handsome, dashing, and quixotic personality from an old and famous
Cornish family. He was brought up in London and went to a school in Bristol,
from which he ran away. He passed a miserable childhood, and at the age
of thirteen was enrolled by his father in the British navy. Discharged
without a commission after a decade, Trelawny found his way to Italy, where
he became part of the circle of expatriates around Byron and Shelley. He
fought in the Greek War of Independence, during which he survived an assassination
attempt, and wrote a notoriously unreliable but enormously successful autobiography,
of a Younger Son, as well as his celebrated reminiscences of Shelley
and Byron. Trelawny is buried beside Shelley in the English Cemetery in
|Edgar H. Trick|
|More Adventures of Tommy Tad & Polly Wog ~ 1919 ~ Rand McNally
& Co. 1919
|Margaretta Tuttle (Tuttle Muhlenberg) (1880-?)|
|Feet of Clay ~ 1923 G&D
Feet of Clay: A Cecil B. De Mille film in 1924
Based on the novel Feet of Clay by Margaretta Tuttle
After being injured in a battle with a shark, Kerry Harlan is unable to work, and his youthful wife, Amy, becomes a fashion model. While she is away, his surgeon's wife, Bertha, tries to force her attentions on Kerry and is accidentally killed in an attempt to evade her husband. Amy is courted by Tony Channing following the scandal, but she returns to her husband and finds him near death from gas fumes. As they both attempt suicide, their spirits are rejected by "the other world," and learning the truth from Bertha's spirit they fight their way back to life.
A regular contributor to Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal
|Mark Twain 1835-1910|
|Editorial Wild Oats
A Gentleman Abroad
Joan of Arc or Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Life on the Mississippi: New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1902. Flyleaf inscription: “Ed Burroughs, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 1904.”
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
The original plan was to drive from SanFrancisco to Carson City in the few hours it is meant to now take and spend the afternoon wandering around the general area where Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain. Clemens was 25 years old in the summer of 1861 when he first went west with his older brother Orion. He'd fought briefly and badly for the Confederate army and was saved, in a way, by his older brother, who had campaigned for
Abraham Lincoln and been rewarded with a job as secretary of the Nevada Territory. When the Clemenses boarded the stagecoach in St. Joe, Mo., for Carson City, Nev., they were each permitted 25 pounds of baggage. Both were forced to abandon possessions, but the Unabridged Dictionary somehow made the cut. Or so Twain claimed, 10 years later, in Roughing It. As a writer, Twain was lucky in many ways, and one of them was that he died before the birth of the fact-checker. He ingeniously set up the Unabridged as an unpleasant traveling companion on a hellish journey, just as he ingeniously played up his encounters with gunslingers, desperadoes, Indians, deserts, wild beasts, and bad weather. Writing for an audience already a little vague about the Wild West—between his going and writing about it the stagecoach had been replaced by the railroad—Twain clearly sensed that
a gap had opened up between what was believable and what was true, and he made the most of it.
Mark Twain's Boyhood Home
The Stolen White Elephant
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883.
A Tramp Abroad ~ 1879 ~ American Publishing Co., Hartford, Conn. 328 illustrations by various artists and the author himself. 580 pages additional 50 page Appendix
Innocents Abroad ~ Harper & Brothers; NY: 1899 ~ 823 pages (see a possible Missing Passage from Innocents Abroad)
THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO MARK TWAIN. edited by Howard G. Baetzhold & Joseph B. McCullough.1995 University of Georgia Press. In this brilliant and hilarious compilation of essays, letters, diaries, and excerpts - some never before published - Mark Twain takes on Heaven and Hell, sinners and saints and showcases his own unique approach to the Holy Scriptures including Adam and Eve's divergent accounts of their domestic troubles, Satan's take on our concept of the afterlife, Methuselah's discussion of an ancient version of baseball, and advice on how to dress and tip properly in heaven. Behind the humor of these pieces, readers will see Twain's serious thoughts on the relationship between God and man, biblical inconsistencies, Darwinism, science, and the impact of technology on religious beliefs.
Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Taylor Clemens, 1835-1910), was an American
writer, journalist and humorist, who won a worldwide audience for his stories
of the youthful adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Clemens
was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, of a Virginian family.
He was brought up in Hannibal, Missouri. After his father's death in 1847,
he was apprenticed to a printer and wrote for his brother's newspaper.
He later worked as a licensed Mississippi river-boat pilot. The Civil War
put an end to the steamboat traffic and Clemens moved to Virginia City,
where he edited the Territorial Enterprise. On February 3, 1863, 'Mark
Twain' was born when Clemens signed a humorous travel account with that
pseudonym. In 1864 Twain left for California, and worked in San Francisco
as a reporter. He visited Hawaii as a correspondent for The Sacramento
Union, publishing letters on his trip and giving lectures. He set out on
a world tour, traveling in France and Italy. His experiences were recorded
in 1869 in The Innocents Abroad, which gained him wide popularity, and
poked fun at both American and European prejudices and manners. The success
as a writer gave Twain enough financial security to marry Olivia Langdon
in 1870. They moved next year to Hartford. Twain continued to lecture in
the United States and England. Between 1876 and 1884 he published several
masterpieces, Tom Sawyer (1881) and The Prince And The Pauper (1881). Life
On The Mississippi appeared in 1883 and Huckleberry Finn in 1884. In the
1890s Twain lost most of his earnings in financial speculations and in
the failure of his own publishing firm. To recover from the bankruptcy,
he started a world lecture tour, during which one of his daughters died.
Twain toured New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa. He wrote
such books as The Tragedy Of Pudd'head Wilson (1884), Personal Recollections
Of Joan Of Arc (1885), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889)
and the travel book Following The Equator (1897). During his long writing
career, Twain also produced a considerable number of essays. The death
of his wife and his second daughter darkened the author's later years,
which is seen in his posthumously published autobiography (1924). Twain
died on April 21, 1910.
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