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Steven Harbin (stevenharbin) | 86 comments Mod
Although I get sidetracked by other things sometimes, I've become more and more interested in pulp aventure great Harold Lamb Harold Lamb, who is also well known as a popular historian, biographer and screen writer.
A couple of links on Lamb that I'm listing (even though I may have mentioned these before in some previous postings) are his wikipedia.org entry

an article on Lamb published in the Wall Street Journal by editor and author
Howard Andrew Jones


I've recently been reading a collection of Lamb's stories which have Arab protagonists and / or major characters, entitled

Swords from the Desert by Harold Lamb Swords from the Desert

I'm presently on the 4th story in the collection, "The Road to Kandahar" and I'll post my reactions to this story and the others in the collection later, but the main thing about this book that peaked my interest was the forward by Jones, in which he makes note that Lamb was actually an itelligence officer for the US in Iran during WW II. Reading just a sample of Lamb's messages and notes from that period is extremely interesting. Lamb was, in addition his literary influence, a very able and extraordinary man. I think he deserves even more credit these days than he's gotten, and I'm making it a point to acquire more of his work.

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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 234 comments Mod
Omar Khayyam was one of my first & best loved historical fictions.

message 3: by Rogue (new)

Rogue Blades (rogueblades) I was a Lamb biography fan and collector since high school in the 1980s but it wasn't until 2005 I even knew he'd written fiction shorts.

Great author whom I greatly enjoy too. Much thanks to Howard Andrew Jones for his labor of love.

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Ó Ruairc | 12 comments Thanks for posting the links, Steven. The Wall Street Journal article is especially interesting.

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Steven Harbin (stevenharbin) | 86 comments Mod
I'm sad to say/embarassed to admit that I was aware of him and his biographies for a long time, but always had him on my "to be gotten around too one day" list. Thankfully one day finally came!
Currently on Swords from the West by Harold Lamb and Wolf of the Steppes The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume One by Harold Lamb

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Steven Harbin (stevenharbin) | 86 comments Mod
Jim wrote: "Omar Khayyam was one of my first & best loved historical fictions."

I recently saw that this book is available at the library I go to near my job. I'll have to check it out soon. Thanks Jim.

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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 234 comments Mod
I hope you like it, Steven. I figure any book that can get a teenager to read poetry (I read the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam several times.) must be pretty earth shaking.

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