Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer

Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer

By: Alexander Maitland (author)Paperback

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Wilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This authorised biography by a longstanding friend and associate delves into his little-known character and motivations, as well as recounting the details of his extraordinary life. Wilfred Thesiger, the great explorer-adventurer and author of `Arabian Sands' and `The Marsh Arabs', and one work of autobiography `The Life of my Choice', became a legend in his own lifetime, but his character and motivations have remained an intriguing enigma. In this authorised biography - written with Thesiger's support before he died in 2003 and with unique access to the rich Thesiger archive - Alexander Maitland investigates this fascinating figure's family influences, his wartime experiences, his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist, his writing and photography, his friendships with Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived, and his now-acknowledged homosexuality.

About Author

Alexander Maitland was a close friend of Thesiger for forty years. He edited Thesiger's anthology, `My Life and Travels' (2002) and helped produce Thesiger's `My Kenya Days', `The Danakil Diary', `Among the Mountains' and `A Vanished World'. He is the author of biographies of Freya Stark and John Hanning Speke, and most recently of `Wilfred Thesiger: A Life in Pictures'.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780006384076
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 544
  • ID: 9780006384076
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 0006384072

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