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.
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.
Series: Cambridge Library Collection: Travel and Exploration (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.63