Two Years in the Forbidden City

Der Ling YU (1885 - 1944)

THE author of the following narrative has peculiar qualifications for her task. She is a daughter of Lord Yu Keng, a member of the Manchu White Banner Corps, and one of the most advanced and progressive Chinese officials of his generation. she became First Lady-in-Waiting to the Empress Dowager, and while serving at the Court in that capacity she received the impressions which provide the subject-matter of this book. Her opportunity to observe and estimate the characteristics of the remarkable woman who ruled China for so long was unique, and her narrative throws a new light on one of the most extraordinary personalities of modern times. Yielding to the urgent solicitation of friends, she consented to put some of her experiences into literary form, and the following chronicle, in which the most famous of Chinese women, the customs and atmosphere of her Court are portrayed by an intimate of the same race, is a result. (Summary adapted from the Foreword)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Biography & Autobiography, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Foreword Jc Guan
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Play 01 Introductory Jc Guan
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Play 02 At The Palace Jc Guan
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Play 03 A Play at the Court Jc Guan
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Play 04 A Luncheon with the Empress Jc Guan
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Play 05 An Audience with the Empress Jc Guan
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Play 06 In Attendance on Her Majesty Jc Guan
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Play 07 Some Incidents of the Court Jc Guan
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Play 08 The Court Ladies Jc Guan
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Play 09 The Emperor Kwang Hsu Jc Guan
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Play 10 The Young Empress Jc Guan
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Play 11 Our Costumes Jc Guan
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Play 12 The Empress and Mrs. Conger Jc Guan
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Play 13 The Empress's Portrait Jc Guan
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Play 14 The Emperor's Birthday Jc Guan
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Play 15 The Mid-Autumn Festival Jc Guan
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Play 16 The Summer Palace Jc Guan
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Play 17 The Audience Hall Jc Guan
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Play 18 The New Year Festivals Jc Guan
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Play 19 The Sea Palace Jc Guan
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Play 20 Conclusion Jc Guan
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