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The Death of Woman Wang

Spence, Jonathan D.

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ISBN 10: 0670262323 / ISBN 13: 9780670262328
Published by Viking Press, New York, 1978
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Sound binding and hinges. Clean, off-white pages. Paper over boards is edge rubbed. DJ faded at spine, with edge wear including several shallow tears. ; Exploration of the 17th century history of a small Chinese county called T'an-ch'eng. ; 8.25" tall; 169 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2660008

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Title: The Death of Woman Wang

Publisher: Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition.

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“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 T’an-ch’eng 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.

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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.

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