China Underground > China Book Library: Uncover Rich Chinese Literature and Art > Shanghai 1935 by Ruth Day

Shanghai 1935 by Ruth Day

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

Last Updated on 2020/10/31

Post Author


The Lacquered Talisman By Laurie Dennis

Enjoyed this post? Never miss out on future posts by following us

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.