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By Yunte Huang

Hailed as “irrepressibly lively and entertaining” (Pico Iyer, Time) and “a attention-grabbing cultural survey” (Paul Devlin, Daily Beast), this provocative first biography of Charlie Chan offers American background in a manner that it hasn't ever been informed earlier than.

Yunte Huang ingeniously lines Charlie Chan from his genuine beginnings as a bullwhip-wielding detective in territorial Hawaii to his reinvention as a literary sleuth and Hollywood movie icon. Huang eventually resurrects the “honorable detective” from the graveyard of detested postmodern symbols and reclaims him because the embodiment of America’s wealthy cultural variety.

The result's some of the most seriously acclaimed books of the yr and a “deeply own . . . voyage into racial stereotyping and the humanizing strength of tale telling” (Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times).

Literary Awards
Macavity Award Nominee for most sensible Mystery-Related Nonfiction (2011)
Anthony Award Nominee for top severe Nonfiction (2011)
Edgar Award for top serious Biographical (2011)
Choice journal: selection remarkable educational identify (2011)
California booklet Award Gold Medal for Nonfiction (2010)
Agatha Award Nominee for most sensible Nonfiction (2010)
Marfield Prize (National Award for humanities Writing) Nominee (2010)

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How long he lodged or lay in Silver Street is something to look into: he was certainly there in 1604, when the marriage in question took place. ‘One Mr Shakespeare . ’ I think it was the marvellous banality of this phrase that first sparked my interest in the case. For a moment we see him not from the viewpoint of literary greatness, but as he was seen by the maid of the house, a woman of no literary pretensions, indeed unable to sign her name except with a rather quavery little mark. ‘Mr’ is perhaps not quite as banal as it looks, because it was at that time a contraction of ‘Master’ rather than of ‘Mister’ - it is the term of address for a gentleman, a connotation of status.

That is, an early Jacobean pound was worth about £200 today, a shilling (1S) about £10, and a penny (1d) something under £1. My research on this book has been greatly assisted by staff at the National Archives, British Library, Guildhall Library, London Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, French Protestant Church and Ealing Local History Centre in London, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and the Bibliothèque Municipale in Amiens. I am particularly grateful to James Travers for his help in tracking down some elusive documents; to Susan North and Jenny Tiramani for advice on early Jacobean costume; and to Matt Steggle, Colin Burrow, Christiane Gould-Krieger, Elsie Hart, Kat Underwood, Thomas Dumont and the late Eric Sams for help and expertise generously given.

For Charles William Wallace, they revealed Shakespeare as ‘a man among men’ (and indeed women). For Samuel Schoenbaum, the Belott-Mountjoy suit is unique because alone among the Shakespeare records it ‘shows him living amidst the raw materials for domestic comedy’. 12 These are splendid invitations, and it is curious that no one has fully responded to them. The broader story that emerges from the case has not been told; this unexpected little window into Shakespeare’s life remains to be opened.

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