Charles Montagu Doughty
Travels in Arabia Deserta
Charles Montagu Doughty (1843–1926) was an English poet, writer, and traveler who sojourned in the Middle East and lived with the Bedouins in the 1870s. Travels in Arabia Deserta was the first book to be written, in any language, about wide tracts of the Arabian Peninsula. Out of his remote and lonely wanderings, Doughty fashioned a lyrical evocation of the desert and its peoples. T. E. Lawrence and Doughty were largely responsible for Wilfred Thesiger’s early fascination with Arabia.