Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chiang Yee, the silent traveller

The silent farewell to Cambridge by Xu Zhimo in my previous post brings to mind The Silent Traveller, Chiang Yee (蒋彝 May 19, 1903 – October 26, 1977) whose acquaintance I first made in about 1976 through his book "Chinese Calligraphy,"

I have also two of his "silent traveller" books: "The Silent Traveller in London" (1938) and "The Silent Traveller in Oxford"(1944).  He moved to Oxford from London in 1940 to escape the Blitz. The second book gives a portrait of Oxford in wartime.

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