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Decadence Mandchoue: The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, ed. Derek Sandhaus. Paul French. Uploaded by. Paul French. DÉCADENCE. Décadence Mandchoue has 34 ratings and 4 reviews. Linda said: Decadence Mandchoue, like its author, Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, is sui generis. Published now for the first time, Décadence Mandchoue, the controversial memoirs of sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, provides a unique.

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Later prudes like Trevor-Roper were appalled and not out of any concerns over the reputation of the elderly Chinese lady mentioned above! How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context. The Wisdom of Confucius. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. His depictions of the aging regent and tales of intrigue in the imperial court form the narrative structure for these memoirs.

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Sam Gaskin is an arts and culture journalist based in Shanghai. Backhouse was certainly not the last gay or bi- sexual European to enjoy the somewhat more easygoing and tolerant at least in certain elite quarters environment of Peking — the writers Harold Acton and Victor Segalan as well as the poet William Empson among others all had their share of fun too.

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Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse: Backhouse was his antithesis and so, as bores and bullies have done down through the ages, he went for him with all guns blazing. You’ve successfully reported this review. Backhouse donated some 8 tons of Chinese manuscripts to Oxford’s Bodleian Library between andwhich also houses the manuscript of this memoir.

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Embellishment, gilding the lily, over-egging the pudding It is, incidentally, the inspiration for the novel I’m currently writing.

Tom Carter mqndchoue it it was amazing Nov 14, What was too scandalous to be published until now is now more tedious than scandalous. Sir Edmund was not just a mover and a shaker but a bit of a ducker and a diver too.


In Backhouse, as with all of the above, we have a true and dedicated aesthete in our presence. It is accepted, even by Trevor-Roper, that Backhouse ran with the lively and gay in both senses of the word set at Oxford and Cambridge in the first half of the s, that he was on the fringes of the Oscar Wilde scandal and sensational subsequent trial.

So why on earth is it so hard seemingly for so many to accept that when he moved to Peking, still a vibrant young man, decasence would not actively seek out and join a similarly fun and dedicated gay crowd? Trevor-Roper grabbed onto many of these random thoughts and death bed statements while writing in the knowing post-war world of the s – how hindsight is a useful gift to the prejudiced biographer looking to point score.

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