Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China - eBook
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Vendor: Open Road Media
Publication Date: 2013
Pearl S. Bucks remarkable account of the life of Tzu Hsi, the magnetic and fierce-minded woman from humble origins who became Chinas last empress
In Imperial Woman, Pearl S. Buck brings to life the amazing story of Tzu Hsi, who rose from concubine status to become the working head of the Qing Dynasty. Born from a humble background, Tzu Hsi falls in love with her cousin Jung Lu, a handsome guardbut while still a teenager she is selected, along with her sister and hundreds of other girls, for relocation to the Forbidden City. Already set apart on account of her beauty, shes determined to be the emperors favorite, and devotes all of her talent and cunning to the task. When the emperor dies, she finds herself in a role of supreme power, one shell command for nearly fifty years. Much has been written about Tzu Hsi, but no other novel recreates her lifethe extraordinary personality, together with the world of court intrigue and the period of national turmoil with which she dealtas well as Imperial Woman.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the authors estate.
Pearl S. Buck (18921973) was a bestselling and Nobel Prizewinning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and womens rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. She died in Vermont.
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