Imperial Masquerade: The Legend Of Princess Der Ling


by Hayter-Menzies, Grant

Imperial Masquerade: The Legend Of Princess Der Ling

Price:  US$42.35   (SGD55.00*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 389 pages
Published:  2008, Hong Kong, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789622098817
SB#:  043355 (171)

About This Book

This is the first biography of one of the 20th century's most intriguing cross-cultural personalities, a Eurasian woman who lived not just between two cultures - that of China and the West - but among many different worlds: social, religious, moral and political. Princess Der Ling was the daughter of a Manchu aristocrat, granddaughter of a Boston merchant, educated like a boy in the Confucian classics, a baptised Catholic blessed by the hand of Pope Leo XIII, a woman who donned chic Western fashions in China and her ceremonial court robes in the United States, and wife of an American soldier of fortune. This book traces not only the life of Princess Der Ling, in all its various transformations, but offers a fresh look at the Empress Dowager Cixi, whom she lionised. The book also depicts the changing worlds of Paris, Tokyo and the other international stages of Der Ling's development as woman and as mystery, and deals with the many teachers who made her who she was: Isadora Duncan, Sarah Bernhardt, the Empress of Japan, her own broad-minded father, American society figures like Barbara Hutton, and most of all, the Empress Dowager Cixi, who knew all about being several different people at once. With black-and-white photographs, bibliography, and index.


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