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Tonight: Derek Sandhaus on Legendary Expat Edmund Backhouse

Tonight at 7:30 pm, author/editor Derek Sandhaus will be here to discuss the controversial memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, an English sinologist who found himself documenting the rampant corruption, grand conspiracies, and uninhibited sex inside Empress Dowager Tz’u Hsi’s court at the turn of the 20th century. Sandhaus is the editor of an abridged version of Backhouse’s most famous book, Decadence Mandchoue, renamed Manchu Decadence, which focuses on the most extraordinary and valuable elements of Backhouse’s narrative.

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