Grace

A China Diary, 1910-16

By Grace Roys, Harvey Roys

Edited by Judy Hogan

Grace

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  • ISBN: 9781532609398
  • Pages: 210
  • Publication Date: 4/12/2017
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Grace

A China Diary, 1910-16

By Grace Roys, Harvey Roys

Edited by Judy Hogan

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532609398
  • Pages: 210
  • Publication Date: 4/12/2017
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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eBOOK

  • ISBN: 9781532609398
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 4/12/2017
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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*All eBooks are non-returnable

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About-

Grace Woodbridge Roys suffered from bi-polar disease before it was well understood. Her daughter feared that her children would also suffer mental illness. This annotation of Grace's diary opens the early 1900s missionary world in China and the personality of Grace to the reader. In December 1910 Grace married Harvey Curtis Roys, who was teaching physics at Kiang Nan government school in Nanking, under the sponsorship of the YMCA. Grace had had a mental breakdown weeks earlier when her missionary father forbade the marriage. The diary records their early married life, the births of their first two children, their social life with other missionaries in China, many of whom made major contributions to Nanking life and education: medical doctors and nurses, theology professors, agricultural innovators, and founders of universities, hospitals, nursing schools, and schools for young Chinese women and men. Included is their experience evacuating during the Sun Yat-sen Revolution of 1911. Well-known missionaries of that time came to tea and taught at the Hillcrest School that the mothers began for foreign children. The Nanyang Exposition took place in 1910, too, as China was in the throes of entering the modern era, with trains, electricity, telegraphs, and a new interest in democracy.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This thoroughly annotated five-year diary, including contemporary accounts of the retreat colony Kuling and schools in Nanking, provides rich and illuminating primary documentation toward understanding the daily personal, family, social, and professional lives of American educators and missionaries in early-20th-century China, the native culture in which they devoted themselves, and their influence on subsequent generations. A Graceful window on the lives of Westerners and Chinese alike."
--J. Samuel Hammond, Duke University

"Grace, a rich portrait of missionary life in early twentieth-century China, is told through diary entries, photos, narratives, and an epilogue by Judy Hogan, editor and annotator of her grandmother's diary. Most poignant for me, as a former missionary child, is Hogan's appreciation of Grace's difficult transition from the China where she spent her first 32 years to the United States where her mental illness took flight."
--Nancy Henderson-James, author of At Home Abroad: An American Girl in Africa

Contributors-

Grace Roys
Harvey Roys
Judy Hogan

Bio(s)-

Judy Hogan was co-editor of a poetry journal, Hyperion, from 1970 to 1981. In 1976 she founded Carolina Wren Press. She has been active in central North Carolina as a reviewer, book distributor, publisher, teacher, and writing consultant.

Her newest publication is Grace: A China Diary, 1910-16, which she edited and annotated, and Political Peaches; The Fifth Penny Weaver Mystery. Six other mystery novels, Killer Frost (2012), Farm Fresh and Fatal (2013) The Sands of Gower (2015),  Haw, Nuclear Apples?  and Formaldehyde, Rooster (2016) are in print. She has published six volumes of poetry with small presses, including, Beaver Soul (2013) and This River: An Epic Poem (2014). Her other published prose is Watering the Roots in a Democracy (1989) and The PMZ Poor Woman's Cookbook (2000). Her papers and twenty-five years of extensive diaries are in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, Duke University. She has taught creative writing since 1974 and Freshman English from 2004 to 2007 at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh. 

Between 1990 and 2007 she visited Kostroma, Russia, five times, teaching American literature at Kostroma University in 1995 and giving a paper to a Kostroma University Literature Conference in March 2007. A second paper was published in the 2013 Literature Conference proceedings at Kostroma University. She worked on five exchange visits, as well as cooperative publishing with Kostroma writers and exhibits of their artists. Judy lives and farms in Moncure, North Carolina, near Jordan Lake.

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