“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Oil for the Lamps of China Redux

Posted: October 12th, 2017 | No Comments »

We have a new ebook (with paper copies to follow next year) of Alice Tisdale Hobart’s Oil for the Lamps of China (1933), the story of the young American expats working for SOCONY selling oil throughout China’s hinterlands. The new edition s being published by Taiwan’s Camphor Press – see the new cover below. If you haven’t read it you really should – there’s also a not-so-great 1935 B-movie adaptation. It was a massive China bestseller in its day – up there with Carl Crow and Pearl Buck – and one of only a couple of China books selected during WW2 as a title for the Armed Forces Editions (see here).

The new reprint made me dig out my own old copy from 1933…

the artwork on the inside back cover


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