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Oil for the Lamps of China

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Title:Oil for the Lamps of China
Hobart, Alice Tisdale   
(2 of 4 for author by title)
The Peacock Sheds His Tail
The Cleft Rock
Published:   1933
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap
Tags:fiction, historical, film/TV adaptation, China

The novel describes the life in China of a young executive in an American oil company from the early 1900s through the Nationalist Revolution of the 1920s. The young protagonist, Stephen Chase, is successful in understanding China and building business, but in the turmoil of China’s Nationalist Revolution of the 1920s, he is betrayed by the company and by the new China which emerges.

Hobart’s husband was an executive for the Standard Oil Company.

The novel was the basis of a 1935 film by the same name starring Pat O’Brien. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:313 Info

Author Bio for Hobart, Alice Tisdale

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Alice Tisdale Hobart (January 28, 1882–March 14, 1967) born Alice Nourse in Lockport, New York, was an American novelist. Her most famous book, Oil for the Lamps of China, which was also made into a film, drew heavily on her experiences as the wife of an American oil executive in China amid the turmoil of the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty in 1912.

She published more than a dozen novels in all by the time of her death in 1967, with almost four million copies in print.


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