The Lure of China: Writers from Marco Polo to J.G. Ballard

The Lure of China: Writers from Marco Polo to J.G. Ballard

by Frances Wood
     
 

For centuries, Western writers, historians, and intellectuals have been fascinated by China. In this remarkable book, Frances Wood shows how China influenced literature, memoir, and travel writing from vague Roman tales of silent silk merchants and medieval travelers such as Marco Polo, to Jesuit explorers, French poets, the Bloomsbury Group, and eyewitness

Overview

For centuries, Western writers, historians, and intellectuals have been fascinated by China. In this remarkable book, Frances Wood shows how China influenced literature, memoir, and travel writing from vague Roman tales of silent silk merchants and medieval travelers such as Marco Polo, to Jesuit explorers, French poets, the Bloomsbury Group, and eyewitness accounts of war by Martha Gellhorn, Christopher Isherwood, and J.G. Ballard. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of the role of China in Western literature and culture.

Frances Wood is the best-selling author of Did Marco Polo Go to China?, The Silk Road, The Forbidden City, and The First Emperor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592650828
Publisher:
LONG RIVER PRESS
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Frances Wood is the author of "Did Marco Polo go to China"; "The Silk Road"; "The Forbidden City"; and "The First Emperor." She is Curator of the Chinese collections in the British Library.

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