Imperial Masquerade: The Legend of Princess Der Ling
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Asian Review of Books
Imperial Masquerade provides a fascinating and often entertaining peek inside the court of the Empress Dowager and her ill-fated emperor nephew, and gracefully recounts an odd and interesting life.
In his meticulously researched and enjoyable dissection of an unlikely relationship between two complex women – an American diplomat’s wife, Sarah Pike Conger, and Cixi, Empress Dowager of China – Grant Hayter-Menzies exposes many paradoxes that still characterize China’s relations with the West today. In the eccentric Sarah Pike Conger, he shows us a humanitarian clear-eyed and brave enough to insist in an imperialist world that ‘China belongs to her people.”
Grant Hayter-Menzies is the author of "Imperial Masquerade: The Legend of Princess Der Ling", "The Empress and Mrs. Conger: The Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds", both published by Hong Kong University Press, and the first biographies of stage...
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