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Publisher Comments:

“Spence shows himself at once historian, detective, and artist. . . . He makes history howl.” (The New Republic)

 

Award-winning author Jonathan D. Spence paints a vivid picture of an obscure place and time: provincial China in the seventeenth century. Life in the northeastern county of Tan-cheng emerges here as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry, and heavy taxation. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, an irascible farmer, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, having run away from her husband, returns to him, only to die at his hands. Magnificently evoking the China of long ago, The Death of Woman Wang also deepens our understanding of the China we know today.

Review:

"In previous publications Spence has given us valuable information on the life of the literate elite and on the court during the Ch'ing dynasty. With this book, he turns his attention to a much more difficult problem, the evocation of the enduring hardships, and fleeting joys, of the common folk. His focus is on a single small county, T'an-ch'eng, in northeastern China. By drawing on the local history of the county, the memoirs of a disgraced magistrate who remained in T'an-ch'eng, and the imaginative writings of a famed literatus of a neighboring district, Spence weaves a vivid tapestry of 17th-century peasant life, with special attention to the plight of women. The result of thorough-going scholarship, the book is written with an eye to the general reader and makes fascinating reading. A small, but not insignificant, masterpiece." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About the Author

Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

One: The Observers

Two: The Land

Three: The Widow

Four: The Feud

Five: The Woman Who Ran Away

Epilogue: The Trial

Notes

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140051216
Author:
Spence, Jonathan D.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Far eastern
Subject:
Runaway wives
Subject:
Runaway wives -- China.
Subject:
Women -- China -- History.
Subject:
World History - China
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
500-42.
Publication Date:
19790331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.77x5.06x.39 in. .29 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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