Chinese Dreams in Romantic England: The Life and Times of Thomas Manning (Hardcover)

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A brilliant polymath and part of the 'first wave' of British Romanticism, Thomas Manning was one of the first Englishmen to study Chinese language and culture. Like famous friends including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Charles Lamb, Manning was inspired by the French Revolution and had ambitious plans for making a better world. While his contemporaries turned to the poetic imagination and the English countryside, Manning looked further afield - to China, one of the world's most ancient and sophisticated civilizations. His travels included the salons of Napoleonic Paris, a period as a prisoner of war, a dramatic shipwreck and, disguised as a Buddhist pilgrim, a trek through the Himalayas to Tibet, where he met the Dalai Lama. Manning's extraordinary story sheds a new light on English Romanticism.

About the Author


Edward Weech is Librarian at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781526164551
ISBN-10: 1526164558
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 280
Language: English