Luther Carrington Goodrich

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Luther Carrington Goodrich
Born (1894-09-21)September 21, 1894
Tongzhou District, Beijing, Qing Empire
Died August 10, 1986(1986-08-10) (aged 91)
Aurora, Colorado, United States
Institutions Columbia University
Education Columbia University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Williams College (B.A.)

Luther Carrington Goodrich (September 21, 1894 – August 10, 1986), usually known as L. Carrington Goodrich, was an American sinologist and historian of China. A prolific author, he is perhaps best remembered for his work on the Dictionary of Ming Biography, 1368–1644.

Life[edit]

L. Carrington Goodrich was born in a family of American missionaries in Tongzhou, a south-eastern suburb of Beijing. As a young child, he lived through the Siege of the International Legations in Beijing; he was able to remember some of these events even in his old age, when he must have been one of the last survivors.[1] He attended the Chefoo School in Yantai (Shandong), the Oberlin Academy in Ohio, and Williams College, from which he graduated in 1917. In 1918, soon after the United States entered World War I, Goodrich joined the US Army and was sent to France, where he worked with the Chinese Labour Corps in France, workers who were brought to France during the war, and were now participating in the post-war rebuilding of the country.[1]

In 1920, Goodrich started graduate work at Columbia University, but soon left for China, where he worked for the China Medical Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. Back at Columbia in 1925, he received his Master's degree in 1927 and Ph.D. in 1934. Continued at Columbia as a faculty member, attaining the rank of full Professor in 1945.[1] Excluding a few short breaks spent as a visiting professor in institutions abroad (as far as India, Japan, and Australia), he spent the rest of his career at Columbia University; even after his retirement from teaching, he still remained associated with Columbia as Dean Lung Professor Emeritus of Chinese.[1]

During his academic career, L. Carrington Goodrich published a number of works on Chinese history. In 1956-57, he was President, Association for Asian Studies.[2]

Major Works[edit]

  • with Henry C. Fenn. A Syllabus of the History of Chinese Civilization and Culture. (NY: The China Society of America, 1929).
  • "Chinese Studies in the United States," Chinese Social and Political Science Review 15 (April 1931): 62-77.
  • The Literary Inquisition of Ch'ien-Lung. (Baltimore: Waverly Press, American Council of Learned Societies Studies in Chinese and Related Civilizations, 1935).
  • with Henry C. Fenn. A Syllabus of the History of Chinese Civilization and Culture. (New York: The China Society of America, 3d, 1941).
  • A Short History of the Chinese People. (New York,: Harper, Rev., 1951).
  • Ryusaku Tsunoda and -- , Japan in the Chinese Dynastic Histories: Later Han through Ming Dynasties. (South Pasadena Calif.: P.D. and I. Perkins, Perkins Asiatic Monographs, 1951).
  • "Archaeology in China: The First Decades," The Journal of Asian Studies 17.1 (1957): 5-15. [1]
  • with Henry C. Fenn. A Syllabus of the History of Chinese Civilizaton and Culture. (New York: China Society of America, 6th, 1958).
  • A Short History of the Chinese People. (New York,: Harper & Row, Harper Torchbooks University Library 3d, 1963).
  • The Literary Inquisition of Ch'ien-Lung. (New York,: Paragon Book Reprint Corp., American Council of Learned Societies Studies in Chinese and Related Civilizations, 2d, 1966).
  • with W. A. C. Adie. A Short History of the Chinese People. (London,: Allen & Unwin, 3rd, 1969). ISBN 0049510150.
  • Hans Widmann and --. Der Gegenwärtige Stand Der Gutenberg-Forschung. Hrsg. Von Hans Widmann. Mit Beiträgen Von L. Carrington Goodrich [Et Al.]. (Stuttgart,: A. Hiersemann, Bibliothek Des Buchwesens, 1972). ISBN 3777272256.
  • "Arthur William Hummel, March 6, 1884-March 10, 1975," Journal of the American Oriental Society (1975):
  • with Fang Zhaoying, ed. Dictionary of Ming Biography, 1368-1644. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1976). ISBN 0231038011.
  • translated: Yüan Ch'ên, Hsing-Hai Chien. Western and Central Asians in China under the Mongols: Their Transformation into Chinese. (Nettetal: Steyler Verlag Wort und Werk, Monumenta Serica Monograph Series Paperback, 1989). ISBN 3805002432.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Edwin G. Beal, Jr., L. Carrington Goodrich
  2. ^ Thomas D. Goodrich, "Luther Carrington Goodrich (1894-1986) : a bibliography" Journal of the American Oriental Society 113.4 (1993): 585-592.

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