The Plumed Serpent



7 August 2013
Lawrence finished the first draft of his famous fantasy novel The Plumed Serpent (first titled Quetzalcoatl) in June 1923, in typical Lawrence style - inspired by, if not directly looking out over, a beautiful lake, sea or ocean: in this case, Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico’s largest natural lake. Considering he had only arrived in Mexico for the first time in March of that year, Lawrence (then aged 38) quickly absorbed the atmosphere of post-Revolution Mexico.

 

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