The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of free ebooks somehow related to Karavansara’s themes and topics.
We started the Karavansara Free Library with a few titles from Rosita Forbes, and now we follow up with another woman I find absolutely fascinating: Emily Hahn.
Another traveler, journalist and adventuress, American Emily Hahn was the woman that attended posh parties in Shanghai in the ’30s in the company of a diaper-wearing monkey – a fact that I mentioned in my novel The Ministry of Thunder, and I was criticized for writing rubbish. Ah!
Emily Hahn was also an expert on primates, a walking, breathing scandal, an opium addict (for a while), and a damn fine writer.
In her career as a writer she did comedy, politics, history, science and biography, art and travel memoirs.
When she was arrested by the Japanese after the fall of Hong Kong and was asked how could she have given birth to a child out of wedlock, she replied
I am a bad girl.
The Internet Archive has four books from her huge catalog ready for download…
1941 – The Soong Sisters
1956 – All About Leonardo da Vinci
… and as a little extra, there’s two more volumes in the Gutenberg Project, Emily Hahn’s first two books.
1930 – Seductio ad Absurdum
1931 – Beginners Luck
All in all a fair selection, that shows the style, wit, skill and versatility of Hahn’s writing.
More books by Emily Hahn are currently being reprinted by Open Road Media, and are highly recommended.