Colorful reading in this first biography of the Englishman, Richard Francis Burton, published in thirty years. Traces his first seven years in the East and his discharge from the Army --then his romantic pilgrimage in disguise to Mecca, his hair-raising trip to Harar, his discovery of the Tanganyika country, the first white man to venture into any of these districts. His marriage, his shifting consular posts, his final days in Trieste, during which only the growing fame of his work was a comfort to him. An eccentric in any age and in the late 1800's a figure victimized by gossip. Best known for his translation of The Arabian Nights, he also won fame as an Orientalist, a traveler in five continents, a linguist, and the author of some forty books. Almost he makes the career of Lawrence of Arabia a pallid thing. Grand reading. Give it a chance.