Beck, L. Adams. “The Emperor and the Silk Goddess.” January 1922. Miscellaneous 1941. Held by Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Call # Quarto DS 809.J47 vol. 13, no. 7.

This piece is a little long, but I wanted to post it because of its interesting provenance. Somewhere, there is a reference to a publication by L. Adams Beck entitled “A Court Lady of Old Japan.” Our wonderful inter-library loan specialists at SFU searched long and hard and located a book at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, which contained an article by that name. When the volume arrived, imagine our delight to discover that there were in fact four articles by L. Adams Beck included.  The downside is that the volume is composed of clippings, bound together nicely, but not labelled. We have no idea where the articles were originally published; only the date can be determined from the running header, and that in only three of the four cases. I have decided to post “The Emperor and the Silk Goddess,” as it is the most narrative of the articles. “A Court Lady in Old Japan” (December 1920) is a critical biography; “Wisdom Which is One With Love” (undated) is theological, as well as having the final column shaved at the edge; and “The Flute of Krishna” (September 1922) is not as well written a narrative as “The Emperor…”

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The Emperor and the Silk Goddess