Norwalk, Connecticut: EastBridge, 2003. Reprint. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Ex-private library (French Centre for Research on Contemporary China). Stamp to fore edge and to title page. Text block clean and unmarked. Binding tight and square. No creases to spine. 13.5 x 21.5 cm. 432 pp. Item #13571
With an introduction by Sherman Cochran.
Oil for the Lamps of China (1934) was a best-selling novel when it was first published, just a few years after Pearl Buck's The Good Earth (1931). The hero of the story is a keen, young American businessman who wants to bring "light" and progress to China in the form of oil and oil lamps, but who is caught between Chinese revolutionary nationalism in the 1920s and the heartless American corporation that has built his career.