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Homer LeaAmerican Soldier of Fortune$
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Lawrence M. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126166

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126166.001.0001

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The Quill and the Sword

The Quill and the Sword

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Homer Lea

Jeff Mielke

University Press of Kentucky

K'ang Yu-wei and Homer Lea's separation in 1905 led to an irreversible downturn for Lea and the reformers. K'ang Yu-wei may have fired Lea in the belief that all the cadet companies had been disbanded, but that was not the case. It is unknown how Lea responded to his dismissal or if K'ang Yu-wei later reconsidered the decision, but because of this some of the soldiers returned to China. The Los Angeles Times helped Lea to launch a writing career and he launched his debut “Leaves Sword for the Pen.” Lea's transition from reform army general to successful independent writer marked the beginning of a new career, but it did not fulfill his desires sufficiently to end his military ambitions.

Keywords:   soldiers, Los Angeles Times, author, Anglo-Saxon, writer

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