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Author Event - Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man

Jonathan Spence's latest book visits the end of the Ming dynasty through the eyes of a eminent scholar of that period.

September 27, 2007 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Zhang Dai is recognized as one of the finest historians and essayists of China’s Ming dynasty. When he was born into a wealthy family in 1597, the Ming dynasty had been in place for 229 years. Zhang’s early life was marked by the expansive sense of progress that permeated Ming culture: the flourishing of reformist schools of Buddhism; wide-scale philanthropy; the education of women; a celebration of the visual arts, writing, and music; intellectual pursuit of medicine and science—this was truly a time of cultural creativity and renaissance in China.

Reception and book signing follow.

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