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In 1827, an East India Company artilleryman named James Lewis deserted his post at Agra, changed his name to Charles Masson, and over the next few years became a key figure in the archaeological search for Alexander the Great's lost city.
'Clayton’s book may be unusual in that she avoids the British biographical tradition of combining amateur psychoanalysis with elevated gossip. But it is perfect on its own terms.'
'Wilson’s target is less a straightforward biography than a sifting of Lawrence’s legacy for what remains urgent and alive, the aim being to shed its infernal baggage in search of an abiding paradise.'
@nemoloris on a new life of D H Lawrence.