Two Years in the Forbidden City (Dodo Press) (Paperback)

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The "Princess" Der Ling (1885-1944) was a Manchu, the daughter of Yu Keng, a member of the Manchu Plain White Banner Corps and according to his daughter, a Lord. Yu Keng's daughters Der Ling and Rong Ling received a western education, having studied dance in Paris with Isadora Duncan. Upon return from France, Der Ling became the First lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi, as well as a translator. She stayed at court until March 1905. In 1907, Der Ling married Thaddeus C. White, an American. Using the title of princess, which would create controversy for her in both China and the United States in future, Der Ling wrote down her unique experience in court in her memoirs Two Years in the Forbidden City, which were published in 1911, and wrote about the experience through her next seven books. Two Years gives historical insights into life at court and Der Ling's service to the Dowager Empress, essentially a world that has disappeared. Her other works include: Old Buddha (1928), Kowtow (1929), Lotos Petals (1930), Jades and Dragons (1932), Golden Phoenix (1932) and Imperial Incense (1933).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781409929215
ISBN-10: 1409929213
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publication Date: October 21st, 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English