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Lao She in London

Anne Witchard


Lao She's life and work have been the subject of volumes of critique, analysis and study. However, the four years the aspiring writer spent in London between 1924 and 1929 have largely been overlooked. This book reveals Lao She's encounter with literature in England, from Dickens to Conrad, high modernism and Joyce. Lao She arrived from his native Peking to the whirl of London's West End scene - Bloomsberries, Vorticists, avant-gardists of every stripe, Ezra Pound and the cabaret at the Cave of the Golden Calf, risqué flappers, the tabloid sensation of England's 'most infamous Chinaman', Brill ... More

Keywords: Lao She, Modernism, Bertrand Russell, Er Ma, Chinatown, Old Chang's Philosophy (Lao Zhang de zhexue, 1926), Sir Chao Said (Zhao Ziyue, 1927), Limehouse, New Culture Movement, May Fourth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139606
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Witchard, author