A Dream of Tartary

Some correspondence from the bulging Echoes of Manchu mailbag:

Michael Rank, a journalist and translator and Chinese graduate based in London, writes:

A few weeks ago I came across an interesting book entitled A Dream of Tartary by Henry McAleavy (1963), in almost new condition, in an Oxfam shop in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

It’s subtitled The Origins and Misfortunes of Henry P’u Yi, and is a lively if not terribly scholarly account of the fall of the Qing dynasty and the sad fate of its last emperor. It’s mainly based on Chinese and Japanese sources, I don’t think the author knew Manchu though he does devote a few paragraphs to the language. He says: Continue reading A Dream of Tartary

Book: Materials of Spoken Manchu

Following Zev Handel’s comment on an earlier post, we have now obtained Materials of Spoken Manchu from Seoul National University Press.

Though the book is written in English, it appears not to be available from SNU’s English website and is only listed on the Korean site. I had it sent over by a Korean friend, but I imagine that it could be obtained by contacting Seoul National University Press by email. Continue reading Book: Materials of Spoken Manchu