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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 [1], which was also made into a film, drew heavily on her experiences as the wife of an American oil executive in pre-communist China amid the turmoil of the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty in 1912.

Spinal meningitis in infancy and a fall when she was seventeen left Alice Nourse with frail health and back trouble which caused her to be semi-invalid at periods throughout her life.

She attended the University of Chicago, but never graduated, opting instead to take a job. She first traveled to China in 1908 to visit her sister Mary, who taught at a girl's school in Hangchow, and returned two years later to take up a post at the same establishment. After marrying Earle Tisdale Hobart, a Standard Oil Company executive, in Tientsin in 1914, she traveled to Manchuria and in 1916 published an article on her experiences at the hands of Manchurian bandits in The Atlantic Monthly. It led to a series of pieces entitled Leaves From a Manchurian Diary and formed the basis for her first book, Pioneering Where the World is Old in 1917.

Her life in Changsha formed the backdrop for her second book, By the City of the Long Sand in 1926, while an assault on Nanking by Nationalist soldiers and her escape over the city wall to the safety of the waiting American gunboats was recounted in Within the Walls of Nanking in 1928. This book started as a piece in Harper's Magazine. Her fictional account of her experiences in China, not surprisingly, focused on the role played by Western businessmen, especially those engaged in importing and selling petroleum products. McNair Paper 67

Pidgin Cargo, set among traders on the Yangtze River, appeared in 1929 and Oil For the Lamps of China in 1933. After making her home in California in the 1940s, her subject matter expanded to encompass contemporary Mexico in The Peacock Sheds His Tail (1945) and Californian agrarian life in The Cup and the Sword (1942) and The Cleft Rock (1948). In 1959 she published her memoir, Gusty's Child.

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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Total Books: 17
By The City Of The Long Sand A Tale Of New China
2011 - By the City of the Long Sand a Tale of New China (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781258178109
ISBN-10: 1258178109
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
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Pioneering Where The World Is Old Leaves From A Manchuria Notebook
2009 - Pioneering Where the World Is Old Leaves From a Manchuria Notebook [1917] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781120811431
ISBN-10: 1120811430
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Pioneering Where the World is Old
2009 - Pioneering Where the World Is Old [Leaves From a Manchurian Note-Book - 1917] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781112447839
ISBN-10: 1112447830
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Pioneering where the World is Old
2009 - Pioneering Where the World Is Old (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781458842343
ISBN-10: 1458842347
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Gusty's Child
2009 - Gusty's Child (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104840983
ISBN-10: 1104840987
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Venture Into Darkness
2009 - Venture Into Darkness (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104854874
ISBN-10: 1104854872
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The Serpent-Wreathed Staff
2009 - The Serpent-wreathed Staff (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104855390
ISBN-10: 1104855399
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Gusty's Child
2007 - Gusty's Child (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780548388198
ISBN-10: 0548388199
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The Serpent-Wreathed Staff
2007 - The Serpent-wreathed Staff (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780548392577
ISBN-10: 0548392579
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Venture Into Darkness
2007 - Venture Into Darkness (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780548446003
ISBN-10: 0548446008
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Their Own Country
2007 - Their Own Country (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780548072363
ISBN-10: 0548072361
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By The City Of The Long Sand - A Tale Of New China
2007 - By the City of the Long Sand - a Tale of New China (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406756562
ISBN-10: 1406756563
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The Serpent-Wreathed Staff
2007 - The Serpent-wreathed Staff (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781406769388
ISBN-10: 140676938X
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Their Own Country
2005 - Their Own Country (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781419159718
ISBN-10: 1419159712
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Oil for the Lamps of China
2002 - Oil for the Lamps of China [D'Asia Vu Reprint Library - D'asia Vu Reprint Library Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781891936081
ISBN-10: 1891936085
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Oil for the Lamps of China
1933 - Oil for the Lamps of China (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789997413321
ISBN-10: 9997413326
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The Peacock Sheds His Tail
The Peacock Sheds His Tail (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789997500724
ISBN-10: 9997500725
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