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Love-Letters and Privacy in Modern ChinaThe Intimate Lives of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping$
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Bonnie S. McDougall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256792.001.0001

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The Making of Letters between Two

The Making of Letters between Two

(p.94) 10 The Making of Letters between Two
Love-Letters and Privacy in Modern China


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The decision by Lu Xun and Xu Guangping to publish their correspondence was made in 1932, when the vogue for published love-letters by literary couples was at its height. An unacknowledged reason behind the decision to publish their letters was financial need. By showing its development in a heavily edited version, Lu Xun and Xu Guangping controlled the story of their affair and made it respectable in the eyes of the world. The question of copyright on Letters between Two came under scrutiny in 1997 when Zhou Haiying complained that his mother's copyright was being ignored. Xu Guangping was generally conceded the status of a wife in the early 1930s and was treated as Lu Xun's widow after his death in 1936. The publication of Letters between Two played a part in their public acceptance as a couple.

Keywords:   Letters between Two, The Wilderness, copyright, Haiying, Lu Xun, Xu Guangping

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