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Imperial Masquerade is the first biography of one of the twentieth century's most intriguing cross-cultural personalities. Daughter of a Manchu aristocrat, granddaughter of a Boston merchant, educated like a boy in the Confucian classics, a baptized 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, Princess Der Ling was a fascinating human battleground of warring identities. A resident of Sidney, British Columbia, Grant Hayter-Menzies has served as art and music critic for newspapers and magazines fin the U.S. and Canada.

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"The last years of the Qing dynasty were a time of rumours, adventures, and mysterious opportunities for the polyglot inhabitants of Beijing. The Memoir written in 1911 by the self-styled "Princess" Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager between 1903 and 1905, has always presented baffling problems concerning accuracy and interpretation. Imperial Masquerade is an ingenious rethinking of the available evidence, and presents an absorbing account of how Der Ling survived at Court, and what it must have been like to work for such a formidable ruler." Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, author most recently of Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man

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"An intriguing, insightful portrait of a woman born at the boundary between two cultures who, in her restless yearning for celebrity, crossed and re-crossed another boundary — that between reality and fantasy — in an extraordinary life that took her from the Forbidden City of Beijing to the pleasure palaces of America's Jazz Age." Diana Preston, author of The Boxer Rebellion

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"This is a fine book, full of historical surprises. Grant Hayter-Menzies has taken a strange and much-abused figure, and brought her back to life with grace and flair. He shows that "Princess" Der Ling really was a lady-in-waiting to China's Empress Dowager Tzu-Hsi, and really was a member of the Manchu nobility. Outside China, the real Der Ling led a fabulous life as a diplomat's daughter in Paris, in the company of world-famous celebrities, and then ended in tragedy in America, as sympathetically reconstructed in this charming book." Sterling Seagrave, author of Dragon Lady: the Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China

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"Grant Hayter-Menzies has written a delightful and insightful work about Der Ling, whose colorful and early life in Tokyo, Paris and the court of the Empress Dowager Cixi contrasts sharply with her later life in California with her American husband that ended with her tragic death due to a car accident in Berkeley in 1944." Sue Fawn Chung, Professor of History, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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caimo, May 16, 2008 (view all comments by caimo)
What an amazing book about an amazing woman who might have been lost to history if not for this author. Even old China Hands have left her out of the picture, and yet she has so much to say, through her actions and writings, about what it is like to try to bridge two very disparate cultures successfully. Her life also illuminates a transition period from the height of imperialism to revolution. I'm so glad her "legend" has been revived and I enjoyed reading this well-documented book from start to finish.
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ISBN:
9789622098817
Author:
Hayter-Menzies, Grant
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
Foreword by:
Crossley, Pamela Kyle
Foreword:
Crossley, Pamela Kyle
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
389
Dimensions:
9.28x6.35x1.16 in. 1.73 lbs.

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Biography » Royalty
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History and Social Science » Asia » China » Imperial to 1911
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"Review" by , "The last years of the Qing dynasty were a time of rumours, adventures, and mysterious opportunities for the polyglot inhabitants of Beijing. The Memoir written in 1911 by the self-styled "Princess" Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager between 1903 and 1905, has always presented baffling problems concerning accuracy and interpretation. Imperial Masquerade is an ingenious rethinking of the available evidence, and presents an absorbing account of how Der Ling survived at Court, and what it must have been like to work for such a formidable ruler." Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, author most recently of Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man
"Review" by , "An intriguing, insightful portrait of a woman born at the boundary between two cultures who, in her restless yearning for celebrity, crossed and re-crossed another boundary — that between reality and fantasy — in an extraordinary life that took her from the Forbidden City of Beijing to the pleasure palaces of America's Jazz Age."
"Review" by , "This is a fine book, full of historical surprises. Grant Hayter-Menzies has taken a strange and much-abused figure, and brought her back to life with grace and flair. He shows that "Princess" Der Ling really was a lady-in-waiting to China's Empress Dowager Tzu-Hsi, and really was a member of the Manchu nobility. Outside China, the real Der Ling led a fabulous life as a diplomat's daughter in Paris, in the company of world-famous celebrities, and then ended in tragedy in America, as sympathetically reconstructed in this charming book."
"Review" by , "Grant Hayter-Menzies has written a delightful and insightful work about Der Ling, whose colorful and early life in Tokyo, Paris and the court of the Empress Dowager Cixi contrasts sharply with her later life in California with her American husband that ended with her tragic death due to a car accident in Berkeley in 1944."
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