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The end is in sight!


The email message below, to a reviewer, was copied to me by managing editor Bill Siever, who has been working almost round the clock to finish the Dictionary of Chinese Biography on time, at about the same time he sent the image you see at left, which came with the subject line “My brain.” If I had spent the last two weeks, over Christmas and New Year’s, reading and rereading the whole of Chinese history, and checking endless details as Bill and Mar Kaiser and Anna Myers have done, or indexing the lot as Amanda Prigge did, my brain would be hurting, too. I have a truly awesome team. Here’s Bill’s email (and I’m glad to report that he has now gone home, though he’ll probably be crunching through the snow at 6am to get back to work).

Dear Mark (if I may),

I am losing my mind somewhat and can’t remember if I sent you this; but in any event, I have attached the almost-final section on the Qing. I would be happy to send you the Ming, too, if you’d like to see them. I’m sorry I can’t do anything about the plane ticket to Sydney – that does sound pretty nice right about now!

Here is the website for the opening (sorry, I know it’s not the same thing as being there):

Also, I am going to send you in a separate email (this one is bulky enough already) the appendices – I am particularly proud of the timeline of Chinese history, which starts on page 1633. I think a student will be able to learn a lot about Chinese history in about 20 minutes with this.

I hope you like these samples; please let me know if you’d like to see anything else.

Thanks again! Will follow up shortly with the appendices from Volume 3.

All the best, Bill

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