Lawrence of Arabia Into S & M

lawrenceofarabia51P24W0KFHL._SL500_AA300_The Independent reports: ‘An unexpurgated version of T E Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom has fuelled claims that the author was a sado-masochist.’ Why is this being treated as news? Whether fantasy or fact, Lawrence — known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia — and his supposed turn-on by being beaten is hardly shocking: even the 1962 movie, starring Peter O’Toole (pictured) had an S & M scene.

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