My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard Being a Sequel to "The Love Letters of a Chinese Lady" KWEI-LI, ELIZABETH COOPER.

My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard Being a Sequel to "The Love Letters of a Chinese Lady".

London. Foulis. 1920. 1st thus. Stock ID #168839

Tipped-in coloured frontispiece illustration by Norman H, Harvey and black & white illustrations throughout. Original illustrated papered boards, lacks the lower half of the back strip and with discolouration of tape residue to the spine. Prior owner name on the the front free endpaper dated 'Xmas 1920'. 20.7 x 16cm.

Eighteen-year-old Kwei-li became My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard when she married. Before the wedding she had not known her husband, but she fell deeply in love with him at first sight. When he is ordered to accompany Prince Chung on his travels abroad, he asks her to write him every day and she happily complies with his wish that she understands as a command. In her letters Kwei-li reports what is going on in the courtyard of home that she shares with his mother and siblings often allowing the love and longing for her husband to seep into her words.

Originally published in 1914 this is a sequel to Love Letters of a Chinese Lady written by Elizabeth Cooper. These letters "come out of the confused revolutionary atmosphere of the new China. Kwei-li's patriotism and hatred of the (foreign) grows out of the fact that, as wife of the governor of one of the chief provinces, she had been from the beginning en rapport with the intrigues, the gossip, and the rumours of a revolution which, for intricacy of plot and hidden motive, is incomparable with any previous national chance on record." From Publisher's description.

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