The Song Book of Quong Lee of Limehouse

The Song Book of Quong Lee of Limehouse

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The Song Book of Quong Lee of Limehouse

The Song Book of Quong Lee of Limehouse

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Burke's swift application to reading, to losing himself in the beauty of words, accompanied by his friendship for Quong Lee, the Chinese philosopher who later figured in Limehouse Nights, exhilarated him and led to his first determined scribblings. In Quong Lee's tea shop he "knew what some people seek in church and others seek in taverns." There he learned "all the beauty and all the evil of the heart of Asia; its cruelty, its grace, and its wisdom." Quong Lee was eventually deported to China for selling opium unlawfully. Only after his philosophic friend had disappeared from Limehouse was Burke able to crystallize in ink the more pithy of his sayings.

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