Notes: A novelization of the life of the Chinese emperor Guangxu (Kwang Hsu) by a lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager Cixi.
Der Ling was three-quarters Chinese and one-quarter American. Her father was a Chinese diplomat and her maternal grandfather was a a Boston merchant. She learned English and French in Paris. She returned to China for several years in the early 20th century and married an American. Following the death of Cixi, she emigrated to the United States, where she wrote at least eight books (this was her last) and taught Chinese at UC Berkeley.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing, with a 1 on the last text page). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in jacket.
Publication: New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1935.
Item No: #362515