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The 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.

Book News Annotation:

A monumental volume, with over a thousand translations by people such as Ezra Pound, Cyril Birch, and Burton Watson sampling over 2,000 years of a venerable literary tradition. Some of the pieces have forms recognizable to westerners—lyric verse, prose tales, and the like<- ->while others—oracles, chronicles, philosophical writings, and hagiographies—have not been common for a long time in the west either. The anthology sometimes selects one of the many translations of a piece, but sometimes juxtaposes then, such as the 20 versions of a poem from the Book of Songs arranged chronologically. There is a guide to pronunciation, a conversion table for different transcriptions, and an index of translators.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The 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.

Synopsis:

The 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 anthology includes over a thousand selections from the most renowned translators — including Ezra Pound, Cyril Birch, and Burton Watson.

Table of Contents

v. 1. From antiquity to the Tang.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231096768
Editor:
Minford, John
Editor:
Lau, Joseph S. M.
Editor:
Minford, John
Editor:
Lau, Joseph S. M.
Author:
Minford, John
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Asian - Chinese
Subject:
Chinese literature
Subject:
Chinese literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series:
Classical Chinese Literature; An Anthology of Translations
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
1248
Dimensions:
9.36x6.42x2.67 in. 4.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The 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.

"Synopsis" by , The 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 anthology includes over a thousand selections from the most renowned translators — including Ezra Pound, Cyril Birch, and Burton Watson.
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