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Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 14:57:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Straight 
Subject: Re: Kai Lung (was Re: (urth) Major new Wolfe story online)

On Thu, 9 May 2002, Adam Stephanides wrote:

> The Kai Lung stories were an early-20th-century series of fantasy stories
> set in China, written by Ernest Bramah.  The characters in them always talk
> in the flowery, ultra-polite idiom of the Chinese princess in "Under Hill,"
> so I assumed that Wolfe was pastiching Kai Lung.  But he might have been
> pastiching Vance, I suppose.

When I read the story, I thought Wolfe might be pastiching Barry Hughart's
_Bridge of Birds_ (which is possibly the most wonderful fantasy novel I've
ever read, Wolfe's works included).



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