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Shanghai 1935 by Ruth Day

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American socialite Ruth Day visited Shanghai for several weeks in 1935 and left one of the most sparkling descriptions of the city in this book, published in a limited edition the following year and only brought to the wider world in this new edition published more than 80 years later.

Ruth was the step-daughter of a prominent American financial expert who held a senior post in the Chinese government, and during her whirlwind trip, she met with absolutely everyone who was anyone and went everywhere the high-society crowd frequented – dancehalls and night-clubs, parties and the best private homes. She describes it all with a rare flair, leaving us with a valuable and unique record of Shanghai high society and the panorama of human experience in the city during its decadent heyday. This is truly a lost classic brought back to life.

About The Author

Ruth Day (1892-1964) was born in Boston as Ruth Van Buren Hugo, and in 1915 married Morgan Glover Day, a member of a prominent family from Springfield Massachusetts. In 1935, she traveled to Shanghai to visit her mother Jane, then married to Dr. Frederick Cleveland (1865-1946) and in China to assist the National Government with its financial administration. Reviews “Every time I read through Shanghai 1935, I get a deeper appreciation of what a gem of a book this is.” — Andrew Field, author of Shanghai’s Dancing World

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