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Author Hankey, Julie.

Title A passion for egypt : Arthur Weigall, Tutankhamun and the 'curse of the pharaohs' / Julie Hankey.

Published London : I. B. Tauris, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  932.007202 WEIG/ HANK    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 380 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part 1 1880-1914 -- 1 'That violent hullabaloo' 3 -- 2 'Select establishments' 13 -- 3 From pedigrees to hieroglyphs 17 -- 4 Egypt 'like a house on fire' 26 -- 5 Private idyll; Howard Carter; public ideal 38 -- 6 Yuya and Tuya, and Weigall 'Bashmufetish' 54 -- 7 Flooding of Nubia; the Tombs of the Nobles 67 -- 8 Another royal tomb: Queen Tiy? Akhnaten? 82 -- 9 Eastern Desert; 'odium archaeologicum' 98 -- 10 Gaiety; Akhnaten; and Howard Carter again 110 -- 11 Maspero; the Autocrat of Thebes; Akhnaten's curse 130 -- 12 Alan Gardiner at Gurneh; high life in Luxor 139 -- 13 'Egyptologists are themselves ... the worst vandals' 158 -- 14 Breakdown; the bronze; the war for Egypt's heritage 171 -- 15 Scandal, schemes, and Egyptology for Egyptians 188 -- Part 2 1914-1934 -- 16 From Egypt to the West End 209 -- 17 Experiments in theatre and film 226 -- 18 Novelist and film critic 245 -- 19 Tut-ankh-Carter and TutCarnarvon 259 -- 20 American lecture tour; Carter again; and divorce 275 -- 21 Egyptian chronology; English monuments 292 -- 22 Old Brigade versus the moderns 310 -- 23 History again: beating the Philistines 322 -- 24 Shutting the door 334 -- Appendix Concession allowing Theodore Davis to dig in the Valley of the Kings 345.
Summary "The Edwardian period in Egypt was one of spectacular archaeological discovery. Arthur Weigall, the English Egyptologist, was closely involved with many of these discoveries and, as Chief Inspector of Antiquities for Upper Egypt, he threw himself with passionate energy into trying to thwart the export of Egypt's heritage and to conserving what was left of it. Besides his work in Nubia, the Tombs of the Nobles in Thebes and elsewhere, he wrote many popular books and essays on Egyptology and brought the country, its history and the ethics and politics of archaeology to a wide general public. He came into personal and sometimes stormy contact with all the major figures in Egyptology, including Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, famous for the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922." "In this biography, Julie Hankey has drawn on a large archive of previously unpublished letters and documents. Weigall was a man of intense and uninhibited feeling, and whatever he described - tombs, the visiting monarchs of Europe, the first night of a show, America where he lectured and later lived - comes fresh off the page. It was a life lived at high emotional tension, so that his biography reads almost like a novel. When he died unexpectedly at the age of fifty-three there is, as with the whole of his career, a sense of dramatic inevitability."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Weigall, Arthur E. P. Brome (Arthur Edward Pearse Brome), 1880-1934.
Egyptologists -- England -- Biography.
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