At loose ends for an hour in a splendid London library, I collapsed into an overstuffed leather chair and pulled the 1927 edition of Revolt in the Desert from a nearby shelf. This edition included a publisher’s note describing the exchanges between the copy editor and Lawrence of Arabia. My favorite concerned Meleager of Gadara.
Copy editor: On page 53, “Meleagar, the immoral poet.” I have put ‘immortal’ poet, but the author may mean ‘immoral’ after all.
Lawrence: Immorality I know. Immortality I cannot judge. As you please: Meleager will not sue us for libel.