PUBLICATION：JANUARY 31, 2023
Wang Jingwei & Modern China Series no. 08
- Includes 132 scans of handwritten manuscripts by Wang Jingwei, setting aside any doubt that Wang was the author of Nanshe Poetry. Published digitally for the first time.
- Compiles additional essays from Nanshe Poetry missing from the handwritten manuscripts, but were also written and published by Wang at the time.
- Details the interactions among Nanshe (Southern Society) members, anecdotes and revolutionary experiences, including those never published before.
- An indispensable record of works of poetry, much of which remains unknown and virtually impossible to find elsewhere.
- Some works quoted by Wang differ from what is commonly known today. A rare opportunity to examine the various versions and their nuances.
AUTHOR: WANG JINGWEI（1883-1944）
Née Zhaoming, Wang Jingwei was born in Panyu, Guangdong Province. While studying in Japan, Wang met Sun Yat-sen and joined the revolution to overthrow the Qing dynasty. Using his talents as a writer and eloquent orator to spread the word of the revolution, Wang became Sun's chief associate, and was instrumental in building the Republic of China.
Wang’s poems written in 1910 while in prison for a failed assignation attempt on the Price Regent Zaifeng, became some of the most recited verses in China at that time. Upon release from prison, Wang became a national hero.
After the formation of the Republic, Wang continued to assist Sun Yat-sen, and wrote most of the Guomindang policies and declarations. Upon Sun's death, Wang became the first Chairman of the Republic, and in 1932, the President of the Executive Yuan. In 1938, as Guomindang's Deputy-General, Wang openly negotiated peace with the Japanese. In 1940, the Reorganized National Government is established in Nanjing with Wang as premier and chairman, in opposition to Chiang Kai-shek’s government in Chongqing.
In 1944, Wang Jingwei died in Nagoya, Japan.
Wang left behind numerous writings. In addition to his poetry collection Shuangzhaoloushicigao, he expressed his political views and attitudes in many essays. He once said: “My speeches and writings are the truest form of my life story. There is no need for any other autobiography.”
Wang Jingwei could be considered the representative of the Southern Society.LIU YAZI (1883-1958)