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A String of Chinese Peach-Stones

A String of Chinese Peach-Stones

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108014106

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  • William Arthur Cornaby (1860–1921) was born in London and educated at the School of Mines before training as a Methodist minister. In 1885 Cornaby was sent as a missionary to Wuhan, central China, and A String of Chinese Peach-Stones (1895) was inspired by his experiences. Cornaby explains that his title suggests that the reader possesses 'a collection of desiccated tales, legends, and the like, picked up here and there along the highways and byways of China'. Cornaby's work covers the period 1849–1867, and discusses the major episodes of the Taiping Rebellion (1850–1864) as well as providing a detailed account of village life in central China, with its farm work, foods, festivals, customs and rituals that remains of interest to anthropologists and historians today. Cornaby's aim was to educate his English readers and to interest them in the culture that so dominated his own life and work.

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108014106
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 2 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A village district in light and shade
    2. Rural scenes and sounds
    3. The mandarin in embryo
    4. Red letter days
    5. Compensations
    6. Records of an ancient city
    7. Can any pathos come out of China
    8. An historical romance
    9. Problems domestic and national
    10. Gods many and lords many
    11. A Taiping camp
    12. The longhaired have come
    13. Suffering by deputy
    14. An old, old story in a new edition
    15. Imperial pop-guns
    16. The mart of central China
    17. Four miles of flame
    18. Imperialists to the front
    19. Art and artists
    20. How to become a demigod
    21. Changing scenes
    22. Father and daughter
    23. Resurrection
    24. For better, for worse.

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    William Arthur Cornaby

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