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Frances Wood
Frances Wood
( Chinese name Wú Fāngsī 吴芳思; born 1948) is an English librarian, sinologue and historian known for her writings on Chinese history, including Marco Polo, life in the Chinese treaty ports, and the First Emperor of China.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Bibliography 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Wood was born in London
London
in 1948, and went to art school in Liverpool in 1967, before going to Newnham College, Cambridge
Newnham College, Cambridge
University where she studied Chinese. She went to China to study Chinese at Peking University in 1975–1976.[2]

Frances Wood
Frances Wood
(standing) with Russian Tangutologist Ksenia Kepping
Ksenia Kepping
in March 2001

Wood joined the staff of the British Library
British Library
in London
London
in 1977 as a junior curator, and later served as Curator of Chinese collections until her retirement in 2013.[3][4] She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Dunhuang Project,[5] and the editor of the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society.[3] She was also a Governor of Ashmount Primary School
Ashmount Primary School
for 20 years. relinguishing this post on the completion of her current term of office in July 2014. She has argued in her 1995 book, Did Marco Polo
Marco Polo
go to China?, that the book of Marco Polo
Marco Polo
(Il Milione) is not the account of a single person, but is a collection of travellers' tales. In May 2012, she appeared on In Our Time on Radio Four, talking about Marco Polo; she appeared again in the 2015 episode on Chinese legalism. In December 2012 she appeared on the Christmas University Challenge special as a member of the Newnham College, Cambridge
Newnham College, Cambridge
team. Bibliography[edit]

1985 Chinese illustration. British Library. ISBN 978-0-7123-0053-7 1991 (with Norah M. Titley). Oriental Gardens. British Library. ISBN 978-0-7123-0239-5 1995 Did Marco Polo
Marco Polo
go to China?. Secker & Warburg. ISBN 978-0-436-20384-8 2000 Hand-grenade practice in Peking: my part in the Cultural Revolution. John Murray. ISBN 978-0-7195-5781-1 2000 No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port Life in China, 1843-1943. John Murray. ISBN 978-0-7195-6400-0 2002 The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-23786-5 2005 The Forbidden City. British Museum Press. ISBN 978-0-7141-2789-7 2007 The First Emperor of China. Profile Books. ISBN 978-1-84668-032-8 2008 China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-38112-7 2009 The Lure of China: Writers from Marco Polo
Marco Polo
to J. G. Ballard. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-15436-8 2010 (with Mark Barnard). The Diamond Sutra: The Story of the World's Earliest Dated Printed Book. British Library. ISBN 978-0-7123-5090-7 2017 Great Books of China. Head of Zeus. ISBN 9781786694515

References[edit]

^ "Frances Wood". In Our Time. 24 May 2012. BBC
BBC
Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.  ^ "Frances Wood". Desert Island Discs. 5 December 2010. BBC. BBC
BBC
Radio 4.  ^ a b "Staff Research Profiles : Dr Frances Wood". British Library. Retrieved 2011-01-18.  ^ Hutton, ALice (6 June 2013). "Leading academic Dr Frances Wood retires with warning: ' British Library
British Library
should forget about duvets in its gift shop – and get back to research'". Camden New Journal. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014.  ^ "IDP People". British Library. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 

External links[edit]

Frances Wood
Frances Wood
on Desert Island Discs
Desert Island Discs
(broadcast 5 December 2010) Frances Wood
Frances Wood
on In Our Time discussing Marco Polo
Marco Polo
(broa

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