Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse

Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse

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Biography of Sir Edmund Backhouse based on his memoirs, fantasy interwoven with fact.

Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse

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The trail of discovery began when Hugh Trevor-Roper acquired the voluminous memoirs of Sir Edmund Backhouse, until then known only as a distinguished scholar of Chinese who had lived quietly in Peking until his death in 1944. The memoirs depicted a very different person - a man who had been ‘intimate’, if not ‘too intimate’, with many notable characters, from Lord Rosebery to Verlaine, and whose many lovers (of both sexes) had included the notorious Dowager Empress of China. Long, detailed, plausible, unpublishable, obscene – it gradually became clear that the memoirs were a work of wild fantasy; yet fantasy interwoven with detailed fact. Intrigued, Hugh Trevor-Roper set out to discover as much as he could about Sir Edmund Backhouse. And what he reveals here is the story of the most outrageous forgers, confidence tricksters and eccentrics of the century.

Softcover, 391pgs, photographs appendices, source notes, index. Good, pages somewhat tanned. 195mm x 260mm

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Short Description Biography of Sir Edmund Backhouse based on his memoirs, fantasy interwoven with fact.
Weight (g) 570.0000
Author Hugh Trevor-Roper
Publisher Papermac
Date Published 1986
ISBN 0 333 41807 7
Size 216mm x 132mm

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