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Gertrude Bell, who began publishing in the late nineteenth century, became well-known in the early twentieth century as a writer of popular travel narratives. She also wrote books on archeological and political topics, and she was most unusually qualified by experience for political writing and archeology. All of her work concerns the Middle East, especially Syria, Turkey, and present-day Iraq.
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14 July 1868 GB was born at Washington Hall, Durham, the elder of two children—or, counting her younger half-siblings, the eldest of five. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1907 GB published The Desert and the Sown, an account of her travels in Syria in 1905. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 July 1926 GB died in Baghdad of an overdose of sleeping potion, and was buried the same day with full military honours. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1937 The Earlier Letters of Gertrude Bell appeared posthumously; the volume includes letters from her childhood through to 1892, before she became a published author. Bibliographic Citation link.
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