The Death Of Woman Wang

Paperback | March 29, 1979

byJonathan D. Spence

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“Spence shows himself at once historian, detective, and artist. . . . He makes history howl.” (The New Republic)
 
Award-winning author Jonathan D. Spence paints a vivid picture of an obscure place and time: provincial China in the seventeenth century. Life in the northeastern county of T’an-ch’eng emerges here as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry, and heavy taxation. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, an irascible farmer, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, having run away from her husband, returns to him, only to die at his hands. Magnificently evoking the China of long ago, The Death of Woman Wang also deepens our understanding of the China we know today.

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“Spence shows himself at once historian, detective, and artist. . . . He makes history howl.” (The New Republic) Award-winning author Jonathan D. Spence paints a vivid picture of an obscure place and time: provincial China in the seventeenth century. Life in the northeastern county of T’an-ch’eng emerges here as an endless cycle of flo...

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Award-winning author Jonathan D. Spence paints a vivid picture of an obscure place and time: provincial China in the seventeenth century. Life in the northeastern county of T’an-ch’eng emerges here as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry, and heavy taxation. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax co...

Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 29, 1979Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014005121X

ISBN - 13:9780140051216

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
One: The Observers
Two: The Land
Three: The Widow
Four: The Feud
Five: The Woman Who Ran Away
Epilogue: The Trial
Notes
Bibliography

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Praise for The Death of Woman Wang:
 
“Whether judged as fiction or as historical reconstruction, [this] is a masterpiece of style and narration.”
—Harold Bloom
 
“An unforgettable book of historical re-creation.”
The New Republic