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Public Success, Private Sorrow: The Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator

Isidore Cyril Cannon


Living most of his adult life as an official in the Chinese Imperial Customs Service, Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor also achieved distinction as a scholar of Chinese. He prepared a masterly translation of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms making this the first of the major traditional Chinese novels to be fully translated into English. This biography provides the story of an Englishman who lived through the last years of the Qing dynasty, was trapped in the British Legation during the Boxer uprising (when the first draft of his translation was destroyed), and went on to occupy a number of senio ... More

Keywords: Chinese Imperial Customs Service, Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Qing dynasty, British Legation, Boxer uprising

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9789622099616
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isidore Cyril Cannon, author