LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD
Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum
Gertrude Bell was born in 1868, into a British family of great industrial riches. Unusual for the era, she was educated at Oxford. After college she travelled extensively, but the trip that established the pattern of Bell’s existence was made to an uncle in Tehran in 1892, beginning her fixation with the Middle East. She learned Arabic and Persian, writing books about her experiences, and working at archeological sites.