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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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(p.463) 23 Midlife
Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Lane was bitterly disappointed, for he had expected the end of his Arabian nightmare to begin a period of tranquility. First, his mother died less than a month after he turned in the proofed copy for the last number. The most important formative influence in Lane's life was gone. Then, a few weeks after his mother's death, as if in sympathy with it, Lane fell dangerously ill. He had wanted “heartily” to go someplace south, but could not leave Sophia, who was devastated by their mother's death. When sickness came later that winter, it almost put an end to him. If he experienced a mid-life crisis, it is not surprising for he faced daunting challenges. One of the most immediate was where to live. He had accomplished much during the dozen years he had devoted to literature, publishing two major books and completing a third that remained unpublished.

Keywords:   Arabian nightmare, mid-life crisis, sickness, literature

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