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Knowledge is Pleasure: Florence Ayscough in Shanghai

Lindsay Shen


Knowledge is Pleasure is the biography of Florence Ayscough, one of the most respected interpreters of Chinese culture of the early 20th century. Born in Concession-era Shanghai, Ayscough developed into an accomplished translator of Chinese poetry, art curator, critic, gardener and photographer. She played an important role in introducing western museums and collectors to Chinese Modernist painting. The author draws on Ayscough’s diaries, private correspondence and published writings to bring to life a woman of great intellectual vibrancy and cultural curiosity.

Keywords: China, Shanghai, Poetry, Photography, Gardens, Art, Biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139590
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsay Shen, author