Polishborn, British Arabist and journalist
Romauld (Rom) Landau was born in England, October 17, 1899. He was a sculptor, author, educator (including University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA), foreign service officer, and specialist on Arab and Islamic culture. His particular area of interest was Morocco, and he authored numerous works about Morocco, mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. He also was an art critic and book reviewer for several newspapers and periodicals, including The Spectator. Landau died in 1974.
Rom Landau attended and wrote an account of an Ouspensky lecture in London.
He describes interviews with Keyserling, Bo Yin Ra, Steiner, Krishnamurti, Heher Baba, George Jeffreys, Frank Buchman, and Ouspensky, who’s London meetings Landau attended several times. Landau visited Gurdjieff in his New York hotelroom one afternoon during the 1930s. Sepia photos are dipped in, of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky. These are the first extended interviews of Gurdjieff and of Ouspensky to be published in book form.
Rom Landau publishes his bestseller God is My Adventure, vilifying Gurdjieff and confusing him with Dordjieff.
The Rom Landau Papers contains the papers of the British author, artist, educator, and Arabist. Although Landau's particular interest was Morocco, the collection also includes material on Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Palestine.
Recordings contains reel-to-reel tape audio recordings made by Landua of the songs, music and dance of various countries in the Middle East, and of some of his radio interviews, lectures and other speaking engagements.