Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer.WILFRED THESIGER Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, KBE, DSO, (3 June, 1910 – August 24, 2003) was a British explorer and travel writer born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. His father was a British diplomat. THE LIFE OF THE GREAT EXPLORER By Alexander Maitland published by HarperCollins ISBN ISBN
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While Wilfred Thesiger's own classic writings cover his journeys (including The Marsh Arabs The Marsh Arabs (Arabic,معدان Ma'daan ) are the inhabitants of the lowlands of southern Iraq, the former Mesopotamia, whose families have lived in the area for thousands of years. , Arabian Sands, Desert, Marsh and Mountain, The Life of My Choice and My Kenya Days) amongst the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq, across the Empty Quarter in Arabia, they fail conspicuously to shed light on his character and motives, which have remained an enigma.
Maitland's biography had Thesiger's support before he died in 2003, and has been written with full access, granted to no one else, to the rich Thesiger archive of vivid, intimate family correspondence, and his own letters, diaries and notebooks which are far more confiding con·fid·ing
Having a tendency to confide; trusting.
con·fiding·ly adv. than his scrupulously scru·pu·lous
1. Conscientious and exact; painstaking. See Synonyms at meticulous.
2. Having scruples; principled. edited published accounts. Maitland investigates in depth Thesiger's parents and family influences; his wartime experiences and the ethos of conflict; his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist; his development as a writer and photographer; his close friendships with the Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived; and his sexuality. This is a major biography of a great and unusual man and an outstanding explorer.