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Kai Lung. Kai Lung was created by “Ernest Bramah,” the pseudonym of Ernest Bramah Smith (Max Carrados) and appeared in a number of stories and five story collections from 1896 to 1940, beginning with “The Story of Yung Chang” (Chapman’s Magazine, Oct. 1896).
The Kai Lung stories are set in an ahistorical China That Never Was, at some point during the Qing dynasty, when matchlocks are present but when most of Chinese society is still rural and dominated by cruel and venal Mandarins. Kai Lung is a wandering storyteller who seems to get into trouble just by existing and who uses his extreme cleverness and his stock of stories to get out of trouble. Kai Lung claims to have a story for every occasion, and when pressed demonstrates that his boast is true.
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