Did any critic or reviewer work on that side of Whittemore's work? I could find nothing on the web. Jean-Daniel (translating Nile Shadows right now) --Previous Message--
Yes, the White Monk of Timbuktu was real (though he lived a bit later than "our" Yakouba), and he's not the only Whittemore character to be rooted in reality.
--the story of the O'Sullivan Beare clan is real (I found it on several Irish websites);
--Plantagenet Strongbow is, of course, inspired by Sir Richard Burton;
--Johann Luigi Szondi is inspired by Johann Luigi Burckhardt, the "discoverer" of Petra;
--Sofia is partly inspired by oil millionnaire Gulbenkian (whose name is mentioned en passant in Nile Shadows), nicknamed Mr. Five-per-cent;
--the "Three Wise Men" who visit Joe in his kiva at the beginning of Nile Shadows are William Donovan (Big Bill), William Stephenson (Little Bill) and Stewart Menzies (Ming)--look them up!
--the rue Lepsius, aka rue Clapsius, was the Cairo address of poet Constantin Cavafy (Ann tells me it figures proeminently in Durrell's "Alexandria Quartet")...
: : I don`t know about many of the other
: characters, but I do know that there is a
: genuine line of Skanderbegs who ruled in
: --Previous Message--
: Oh, I agree. I remember, when I first read
: Sinai Tapestry, thinking that Strongbow
: was inspired by Richard Burton. As
: Whittemore was a Yale graduate in History,
: no doubt quite a few characters and events
: are derived from historical personages and
: There REALLY was an ancient version of the
: Bible discovered at St Catherine's
: It would be an intriguing study (had one the
: time) to discover the original source for
: Cairo Martyr for instance.
: In Jericho Mosaic there is a character
: Yossi, a Jewish agent for Mossad who
: passes himself off as an Arab and leads a
: double life. I recall seeing a documentary
: once on a Mossad agent who was a dead
: ringer for Yossi.
: I'd be interested to see other visitors to
: this Board's opinions on this.
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Did any critic or reviewer work on that side of Whittemore's work? I could find nothing on the web.
Jean-Daniel (translating Nile Shadows right now)