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ELT 37:2 1994 it is especially bothersome to run into references such as DCU, WB, CA, and the like without explanation. One difficulty aside, Yeats and Artistic Power makes a clear path through the thicket of Yeats's long, varied, and complex life and work by addressing one of the poet's major concerns. It is a pleasure to encounter Marcus's strong and clear thinking, scholarly distinction, and stylistic dexterity. Margaret Mills Harper ------------------- Georgia State University Anglo-Arabian Travel Writers Alan H. Jutzi, ed. In Search of Sir Richard Burton: Papers from a Huntington Library Symposium. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1993. 141 pp. No price given. Charles M. Doughty. Arabia Deserta: New Illustrated Edition. H. L. MacRitchie, ed. London: Bloomsbury/Phillips & Company 1989. 256 pp. £16.95 Charles M. Doughty. Arabia Deserta. François Pouillon, ed. Textes choisis par Edward Garnett. Traduction de Jacques Marty. Paris: Payot, 1990. 376 pp. 160ff. THE LAST TWENTY YEARS have witnessed a steadily increasing number of literary, biographical and historical studies of the AngloArabian travel writers, including Alexander Kinglake, William Gifford Palgrave, Sir Richard F. Burton, Charles M. Doughty, Wilfrid and Lady Anne Blunt, Gertrude Bell, T. E. Lawrence, Freya Stark and Wilfred Thesiger. Interest in these writers' attitudes toward race and Empire has led to the discovery that, whatever their time-bound foibles, they were often complex, insightful observers of their own and other societies, colorful self-presenters, and superb prose stylists. The three books under review will prove interesting, each in its own way, to anyone contemplating research or teaching on this subject or on travel literature in general. In Search of Sir Richard Burton includes the eight papers originally presented at the 1990 Huntington Library Burton centenary conference, which was held at the urging of long-time Burton and T. E. Lawrence collector Edwards Metealf. The volume has been skillfully edited by Alan Jutzi, curator of rare books at the Huntington, and offers much valuable new information about a fascinating figure. Excellent illustrations compensate to some degree for the lack of an index. In The Labyrinthine Paths of Collecting Burton," Quentin Keynes explains the circumstances surrounding his acquisition of particular 246 BOOK REVIEWS Burton items, and their place in the writer's canon. His paper becomes spellbinding when he describes the actual theft of his important collection by an international group of burglars, masterminded by an unnamed Englishman who subsequently committed suicide. Unfortunately only three-quarters of the purloined items were recovered by Scotland Yard and none of the perpetrators received punishment . This robbery ranks as a major loss for all students of Burtoniana, almost on a par with the 1861 Grindleys warehouse fire that destroyed Burton's first personal library, and the blitzing of Burton scholar Norman Penzer's London house in 1939. In The Letters of Capt. Sir Richard Burton: New Sources on the Nile Controversy," professional safari guide Donald Young, who has also done a 1979 University of Nebraska M.A. thesis on Burton's letters, utilizes correspondence from Quentin Keynes's collection as well as his own African expertise. Young proves that Speke did not like Burton even before the Nile expedition began. Young also shows that Burton early on appreciated the importance of what would come to be called Lake Victoria, and he convincingly presents Burton as the victim of his own trust in Speke. Two lines have unfortunately been omitted from Young's essay, at the bottom of page 25. The restored passage, which discusses Young and Keynes' visit to Burton's tomb in Mortlake, Surrey, reads: "We were touched to see that Isabel had placed one of Sir Richard's favorite walking sticks across the top of his casket, as though to make it ready for him should he rise up and go out for a stroll." English professor John Hayman, who is also the editor oÃ- Sir Richard Burton's Travels in Arabia and Africa: Four Lectures from a Huntington Library Manuscript (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1990), focuses on Burton's statement in The Lake Regions of Central Africa that "I had, during [a] fever-fit, and often for hours afterwards, a queer conviction of divided identity, never ceasing to...

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ISSN
1559-2715
Print ISSN
0013-8339
Pages
pp. 246-251
Launched on MUSE
2010-05-21
Open Access
No
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