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Death Throes of a Dynasty: Letters and Diaries of Charles and Bessie Ewing, Missionaries to China Hardcover – November 1, 1990
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From Library Journal
Sent to China as missionaries in 1894, the newlywed Ewings spent 19 years there; Charles's letters and Bessie's diaries provide a fascinating foreigners' view of the events and personalities of the period, which encompassed the end of the empire and the beginning of the republic. Husband and wife were both well educated, articulate writers, and although much of their attention is focused on the details of "God's work," they also describe the political turbulence they witnessed: Bessie's account of life under siege in Peking during the Boxer Uprising is especially riveting. The readability and value of the book is enhanced by the editor, who has provided a wealth of informative notes and four introductory chapters. Recommended for both informed general readers and China specialists.
- John H. Boyle, California State Univ., Chico
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Evelyn Helmick Hively has been professor of English, director of American Studies, academic dean, and vice president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She is the author of Willa Cather's Novel Cycle and A Private Madness: The Genius of Elinor Wylie (The Kent State University Press, 2003) and the editor of Selected Works of Elinor Wylie (The Kent State University Press, 2005).
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