The Forest Giant

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The Forest Giant (French: Le Gigantesque) is a novel written by Adrien Le Corbeau, one of the pseudonyms of Romanian-born author Rudolf Bernhardt (1886–1932). An English translation was made in 1923 by T. E. Lawrence, but both French and English versions have since fallen into obscurity.[1]

The book was despised by Lawrence, who wrote the following while working on the translation:

At last this foul work: complete. Please have [it] typed and send [it] down that I may get it off my suffering chest before I burst. Damn Adrien le Corbeau and his rhetoric. The book is a magnificent idea, ruined by jejune bombast. My version is better than his: but dishonest here and there: but my stomach turned. Couldn't help it.


  1. ^ Wilson, Jeremy. "Adrien Le Corbeau, The Forest Giant". Retrieved 5 February 2014.