The Lure of China: Writers from Marco Polo to J. G. Ballard

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Medieval travellers like Marco Polo created a romantic picture of a distant and exotic land while subsequent Jesuit and diplomatic missions sought to correct the more lurid depictions with first-hand accounts. In the mid-nineteenth century China was opened to travellers, collectors and writers of all sorts. Explorers were drawn to the Silk Road and its buried treasures. Writers like Andre Malraux and Vicki Baum found fame with books set in Peking and Shanghai, and Somerset Maugham with his enchanting vignettes. More ...

The Lure of China: Writers from Marco Polo to J. G. Ballard 2009, Yale University Press, New Haven

ISBN-13: 9780300154368

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