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    DescriptionThe summation of more than two thousand years of one of the world's most august literary traditions, this volume also represents the achievements of four hundred years of Western scholarship on China. The selections include poetry, drama, fiction, songs, biographies, and works of early Chinese philosophy and history rendered in English by the most renowned translators of classical Chinese literature: Arthur Waley, Ezra Pound, David Hawkes, James Legge, Burton Watson, Stephen Owen, Cyril Birch, A. C. Graham, Witter Bynner, Kenneth Rexroth, and others. Arranged chronologically and by genre, each chapter is introduced by definitive quotes and brief introductions chosen from classic Western sinological treatises. Beginning with discussions of the origins of the Chinese writing system and selections from the earliest "genre" of Chinese literature -- the Oracle Bone inscriptions -- the book then proceeds with selections from: * early myths and legends; * the earliest anthology of Chinese poetry, the Book of Songs; * early narrative and philosophy, including the I Ching, Tao-te Ching, and the Analects of Confucius; * rhapsodies, historical writings, magical biographies, ballads, poetry, and miscellaneous prose from the Han and Six Dynasties period; * the court poetry of the Southern Dynasties; * the finest gems of Tang poetry; and * lyrics, stories, and tales of the Sui, Tang, and Five Dynasties eras. Special highlights include individual chapters covering each of the luminaries of Tang poetry: Wang Wei, Li Bo, Du Fu, and Bo Juyi; early literary criticism; women poets from the first to the tenth century C.E.; and the poetry of Zen and the Tao. Bibliographies, explanatory notes, copious illustrations, a chronology of major dynasties, and two-way romanization tables coordinating the Wade-Giles and pinyin transliteration systems provide helpful tools to aid students, teachers, and general readers in exploring this rich tradition of world literature.


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    Title
    Classical Chinese Literature: From Antiquity to the Tang Dynasty v. 1
    Subtitle
    An Anthology of Translations
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by John Minford, Edited by Joseph S. M. Lau
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 1248
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 61 mm
    Weight: 1,565 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780231096775
    ISBN 10: 0231096771
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DQ
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES, CULT/ASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT008000
    B&T Approval Code: A24523000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 895.108
    DC21: 895.108
    Thema V1.0: DNT
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    105 black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Columbia University Press
    Imprint name
    Columbia University Press
    Publication date
    27 March 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    John Minford is professor of Chinese at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Jospeph S. M. Lau is professor of translation and head of the department of Chinese at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.
    Review quote
    An invaluable treasure... by far the most complete, with an astounding number of selections... Highly recommended for students and scholars of Chinese literature at all levels. Choice This book is a scholar's dream and an historical and literary marvel. Book Digest (Council On National Literatures) Jul-Sep-02
    Table of contents
    Foreward by Cyril BirchEditors' IntroductionPart 1: Before the Han Dynasty (to 206 BC)Chapter 1. Pattern and Sign: The Chinese LanguageChapter 2. Heavenly Questions: Early Myths and LegendsChapter 3. The Book of Songs: The Earliest Anthology of Chinese PoetryChapter 4. The Source: Prose of the Ancients: Early Narrative and PhilosophyChapter 5. The Songs of the South: Shamanism and PoetryPart 2: The Han Dynasty and the Period of DisunionChapter 6. Red and Purple Threads: Rhapsodies from the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 7. Mortals and Immortals: Historical and Pseudo-Historical Writings from the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 8. We Fought South of the City Wall: Ballands and Folksongs of the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 9. Tigers Setting the Wind Astir: Poets of the Han, Wei and Jin DynastiesChapter 10. Bamboo Grove, Golden Valley, Orchid Pavilion: Coteries of the Third and Fourth CenturiesChapter 11. Tao Yuanming (365-427): The Gentleman of the Five Willow TreesChapter 12. The Murmuring Stream and the Weary Road: Xie Lingyun and Bao ZhaoChapter 13. New Songs from a Jade Terrace: Court Poetry of the Southern DynastiesChapter 14. Green Bag and Yellow Covers: A Miscellany of Prose from the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 15. The Carving of Dragons: Early Literary CriticismChapter 16. Spirits and Humors: Strange Tales from the Six DynastiesPart 3: The Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties (589-960)Chapter 17. The Great River: Poets of the Early TangChapter 18. Wang Wei (701-761): Poet and PainterChapter 19. Li Bo (701-762): The Banished ImmortalChapter 20. Du Fu (712-770): The Sage of PoetryChapter 21. Spring, River, Flowers, Moon, Night: Poets of the High TangChapter 22. Stones Where the Haft Rotted: Poets of the Mid TangChapter 23. Bo Juyi (772-846): Madly Singing in the MountainsChapter 24. The Patterned Lute: Poets of the Late TangChapter 25. Red Leaf: Women Poets from the First Century B.C. to the Tenth Century A.D.Chapter 26. Cold Mountain: Poetry of Zen and the TaoChapter 27. Return to the Source: Essays of the Tang DynastyChapter 28. The World in a Pillow: Classical Tales of the Tang DynastyChapter 29. Turning the Scrolls: Ballads and Stories from DunhuangChapter 30. Among the Flowers: Lyrics of the Tang and Five Dynasties