Ted Gorton has published five books on Middle Eastern themes: two volumes of Arabic poetry in translation (Andalus: Moorish Songs of Wine and Love, and Arabia: a thousand Years of Arabic Verse), and–together with his Lebanese archaeologist wife Andree–a reasoned anthology of writing about Lebanon through the ages (Lebanon: through writers’ eyes).
These three books are published by Eland Books, one of London’s premier travel book imprints, whose mission is to keep classic travel books in print while publishing a dozen or so new titles a year.
Ted recently completed a biography of the Levantine prince Fakhr ad-Din Ma’n (Renaissance Emir: a Druze Warlord at the Court of the Medici), which was published in early 2013 by Quartet Books of London. In June 2014 the book came out in paperback in the USA, published by Interlink Books (ISBN 9781566569637).
Ted’s most recent project is an anthology of writing about a city that marked him, as a young student and much later in life: Beirut. A Beirut Anthology: Two Thousand Years of Travel Writing was published in the first half of 2015, published by the American University in Cairo Press.
Besides writing, he has exhibited his photographs in a solo show from April to June, 2008, at the Brunei Gallery, London (“Cairo 1975″). The tabs at the top of this page lead to more information about all these projects, including reviews of the books and photo show and an extract from the Lebanon anthology.
You can also peruse the photos at the bottom of the Cairo 1975 page. You can even buy the books through Powell’s in the US or Daunt Books in the UK (as well as Amazon US or UK)!
Ted and Andree recently had a supremely fun poetic evening at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, invited by Sheila Canby, the Curator of the wonderful new Islamic Galleries (which you can see on YouTube here):