Tales from the Queen of the Desert
by Gertrude Bell
Editor: Hesperus Press Ltd
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Excerpts from two of Bell’s most convincing works of travel literature, “Persian Photos” and “Syria: The Desert and The Seeds, as well as some of his most fascinating lettersA woman far ahead of her time, Gertrude acquired a first from Oxford, at a time when very few subjects were open to womenShe continued to take an active interest in political life before embarking on her one-woman-trip across the Middle EastShe chronicles her travels through Iraq, Persia, Syria, and beyond and her important diplomatic work, with the characteristic of spirit and incisivenessDespite the many achievements of her working life, unfortunately her personal life was marked by losing the great love of her life, Major Charles Doughty-Wylie, from whom she never recoveredShe died in 1926 from an apparent overdose of sleeping pills.It’s a unique collection of his work
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