The Death of Woman Wang

The Death of Woman Wang

By Jonathan D. Spence

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140051216, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 1979

Description
"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.


About the Author
Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for thirty years. He has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Search for Modern China won the Lionel Gelber Award and the Kiriyama Book Prize.


Praise For The Death of Woman Wang

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