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Portraits of Chinese women in revolution
Smedley, Agnes, 1892-1950.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Old Westbury, N.Y. : Feminist Press, 1976.
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xxxv, 203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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HQ1737 .S56 1976 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Agnes Smedley, author of Daughter of Earth , worked in and wrote about China from 1928 to 1941. These 18 pieces--all out of print and most unavailable even in public libraries--are based on interviews with revolutionary women. They include descriptions of the massacre of feminists in the Canton commune, of the silk workers of Canton whose solidarity earns them the charge of lesbianism, and of Mother Tsai, a 60-year-old peasant who leads village women in smashing an opium den.

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Agnes Smedley (1892 - 1950) was an American journalist and writer, well known for her semi-autobiographical novel Daughter of Earth as well as for her sympathetic chronicling of the Communist forces in the Chinese Civil War. During World War I, she worked in the United States for the independence of India from the United Kingdom, receiving financial support from the government of Germany. Subsequently, she went to China, where she is suspected of acting as a spy for the Comintern. As the lover of Soviet super spy Richard Sorge in Shanghai in the early 1930s, she helped get him established for his final and greatest workas spymaster in Tokyo. She also worked on behalf of various causes including women's rights, birth control, and children's welfare. Smedley wrote six books, including a novel, reportage, and a biography of the Chinese general Zhu De, reported for newspapers such as New York Call , Frankfurter Zeitung , and Manchester Guardian , and wrote for periodicals such as the Modern Review , New Masses , Asia , New Republic , and The Nation .