Lot 282 of 438:
Rare Anthology from 1924 Shanghai 'Short Story Club'  

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Short Stories Written in Shanghai by Members of the Short Story Club


Shanghai, China

Oriental Press



256pp.  4.75 x 7.5”, original “oriental-style” binding, boards with ivory clasps. 

The first Club anthology (a second appeared in 1927) with 25 stories, an introduction by Verne Dyson, one of the authors, and a 7-page “”Who’s Who” of Club members.

While most of the stories are apparently “Chinese-themed”, all the authors seem to be Caucasian, not surprising, given the racial divide of old Shanghai.  The biographic footnotes are particularly intriguing, showing the writers to be a diverse lot – journalists, teachers, missionaries, musicians, even an aviator – and hinting at how they happened to find themselves in China during a decade of revolutionary unrest.

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