Letters from Baghdad

Gertrude Bell Muses About the River Tigris

In a letters to her parents, Gertrude describes the beauty of the Tigris River at dusk during a hot summer’s night. King Faisal is observing the people frolicking in the water and the fishermen in the round boats (“ghuffas”) are singing sorrowful songs.

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    "Letters from Baghdad" is the story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” More influential and famous in her day than her colleague Lawrence, Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003.

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