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At a Glance
Arranged by subject: Correspondence; Accounts; Portrait; Publications and translations; Manuscripts.
The David Lloyd collection on Lao She mainly consists of correspondence, accounts, portrait, manuscripts, and records relating to the publication and translations of Lao She's works into English as well as other languages, dating from 1946 to 1957. The collection includes letters from Lao She, one from Pearl S. Buck, and David Lloyd's correspondence with publishers, agents, translators, editors, and others regarding Lao She's novels. The manuscripts contain the English translation of three short stories and one play. The collection also includes a portrait of Lao She taken in 1946.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); David Lloyd collection on Lao She; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
David Lloyd Agency Records on Pearl S. Buck, 1928-1958 (bulk 1934-1952). Princeton University Library. Finding Aid.
Ida Pruitt and Marjorie King Papers, 1891-1994. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Finding Aid.
June Rose Garrott Papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library. Collection contains materials on Lao She and family. Finding Aid.
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Entire collection has been microfilmed.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Andrea Mathews Lloyd, 1982.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Lloyd, Adrea Mathews. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1982. Accession number--M-82.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89. Processed in December 2018 by Yingwen Huang.
2009-06-26 File created.
2018-12-04 Finding aid updated.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Lao She (pen name: Lao She, Lau Shaw, Lao Shaw, 老舍; courtesy name in pinyin: Shu, Sheyu; Wade-Giles: Shu, Sheh-yu, Shu, S. Y.; Chinese: 舒舍予; original name in pinyin: Shu, Qingchun; Wade-Giles: Shu, Ch'ing Ch'un; traditional Chinese: 舒慶春; simplified Chinese: 舒庆春) was born to a Manchu family in Beijing, 1899. He attended the Beijing Normal University and graduated in 1918. From 1918 to 1924, he was an educator and administrator in various schools in Beijing and Tianjin. He was highly influenced by the May Fourth Movement in 1919 and later motivated to become a writer. In the fall of 1924, he began teaching Chinese at the London University School of Oriental Studies. After returning to China in 1930, he taught in universities in Jinan and Qingdao province. In 1938, Lao She was nominated as the President of the All-China Resistance Association of Writers and Artists, a cultural organization united against Japanese invasion during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In 1946, he accepted the State Department's invitation to travel to America. During his stay in New York, he wrote a number of novels and published them in English. After returning to China at the end of 1949, he focused on his writing career and produced a number of well-known plays such as Dragon Beard Ditch and Teahouse. He was also the Chairman of the Peking Association of Artists. He died in Beijing, 1966, at the age of 67. Lao She was known as one of the significant contemporary Chinese novelists and playwrights. His most popular works include the novel Rickshaw Boy, Yellow Storm, and the play Teahouse. Other important works are Mr.Ma and Son, Drum Singers, Divorce, Yellow Storm, Cat Country, etc.
Henriette Herz was Lao She's literary agent before 1948, and from 1948, David D. Lloyd was Lao She's literary agent. He was also the literary representative for Pearl S. Buck.