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Gilgamesh: A New English Version
Gilgamesh: A New English Version
by Stephen Mitchell
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Finally available in paperback comes a brilliant new rendering of the oldest epic in the world by esteemed translator and bestselling author Mitchell.... (read more)

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Gilgamesh : Verse Narrative (03 Edition)
Gilgamesh : Verse Narrative (03 Edition)
by Herbert Mason
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Herbert Mason's best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of... (read more)

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The Dream of the Red Chamber (Tuttle Classics)
The Dream of the Red Chamber (Tuttle Classics)
by Xueqin Cao
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The Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and social structures of 18th century China and is considered... (read more)

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One Hundred Poems from the Japanese
One Hundred Poems from the Japanese
by Kenneth Rexroth
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The poems are drawn chiefly from the traditional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, but there are also examplaes of haiku and other later forms. The sound of the Japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets in... (read more)

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Six Records of a Floating Life
Six Records of a Floating Life
by Fu Shen
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This autobiographical novel, published in 1809, contains lively depictions of the powerful role of the courtesan, the arrogance of untrained officials, and the formal and often strained arranged marriages in turn-of-the-century China.... (read more)

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The Arabian Nights (Norton Critical Editions)
The Arabian Nights (Norton Critical Editions)
by Daniel Heller Roazen
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Few works of literature are as familiar and beloved as The Arabian Nights. Yet few remain also as unknown. In English, The Arabian Nights is a literary work of relatively recent date--the first versions of the tales appeared in English barely two hundred... (read more)

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Erotic Love Poems from India: Selections from the Amarushataka
Erotic Love Poems from India: Selections from the Amarushataka
by Andrew Schelling
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"A single stanza of the poet Amaru," declared a ninth-century poetry critic, "may provide the taste of love equal to what's found in whole volumes." Graceful and yet remarkably playful, intensely passionate, and at times hinting of... (read more)

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The Arabian Nights
The Arabian Nights
by Husain Haddawy
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This work is based on Muhsin Mahdi's reconstruction of the original Nights. The tales portray a world of magic, wish-fulfillment and pleasure, depicting the marriage of the supernatural to the ordinary and the sacred to the profane.... (read more)

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Four Huts: Asian Writings on the Simple Life
Four Huts: Asian Writings on the Simple Life
by Burton Watson
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The short works collected in Four Huts give voice to one of the most treasured aesthetic and spiritual ideals of Asia—that of a simple life lived in a simple dwelling. The texts were written between the ninth and the seventeenth centuries and... (read more)

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Oriental Love Poems
Oriental Love Poems
by Michelle Lovric
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"Then let us pledge a friendshipwithout human tiesAnd meet again at thefar end of the Milky Way." "Li Po, translated by Joseph LeeThe ancient poets of the Far East have such a way with words and mental images. And so it is with the art from that region... (read more)

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The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales
The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales
by Haruo Shirane
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Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal ( setsuwa) literature. These orally narrated and written tales drew on both local folk... (read more)

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Mistress and Maid ( "Jiaohong Ji") by Meng Chengshun (Translations from the Asian Classics)
Mistress and Maid ( "Jiaohong Ji") by Meng Chengshun (Translations from the Asian Classics)
by Meng Chengshun
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One of our most acclaimed translators of Chinese drama and a specialist of Ming period literature translates one of the greatest Chinese tragedies of the first half of the seventeenth century, available for the first time in English.... (read more)

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Eastern Canons: Approaches to the Asian Classics (Companions to Asian Studies)
Eastern Canons: Approaches to the Asian Classics (Companions to Asian Studies)
by William The De Bary
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The essays gathered here, in addition to those by editors Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloob, are written by leading scholars of Asian cultures--among them Donald Keene, Peter Awn, Barbara Stoler Miller, Ainslie Embree, Burton Watson, C.T. Hsia, Paul... (read more)

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Everything Yearned for: Manhae's Poems of Love and Longing
Everything Yearned for: Manhae's Poems of Love and Longing
by Manhae
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Manhae (1879-1944), or Han Yongun, was a Korean Buddhist (Son) monk during the era of Japanese colonial occupation (1910-1945). Manhae is a political and cultural hero in Korea, and his works are studied by college students and school children alike... (read more)

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Dream of the Red Chamber
Dream of the Red Chamber
by Tsao Hsueh-Chin
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For more than a century and a half, Dream of the Red Chamber has been recognized in China as the greatest of its novels, a Chinese Romeo-and-Juliet love story and a portrait of one of the world's great civilizations. Chi-chen Wang's translation is... (read more)

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Tales from the Arabian Nights
Tales from the Arabian Nights
by C Lang
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The beautiful Scheherazade's royal husband threatens to kill her, so each night she diverts him by weaving wonderful tales of fantastic adventure, leaving each story unfinished so that he spares her life to hear the ending the next night.... (read more)

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Desert Tracings (Wesleyan Poetry in Translation)
Desert Tracings (Wesleyan Poetry in Translation)
by Michael Sells
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A skillful translation of six classical odes of pre-Islamic Arabia.... (read more)

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Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China (Lannan Translations Selection)
Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China (Lannan Translations Selection)
by Jeanne Larsen
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This collection of 106 poems by 44 female Tang-era poets is the most comprehensive of its kind. Poets are organized based on their status in Tang dynasty society: women of the court, women of the household, courtesans and entertainers, and women of... (read more)

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The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh
by Maureen Gall Kovacs
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Since the discovery over one hundred years ago of a body of Mesopotamian poetry preserved on clay tablets, what has come to be known as the Epic of Gilgamesh has been considered a masterpiece of ancient literature. It recounts the deeds of a hero-king of... (read more)

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Tales from 1,001 Nights: Aladdin, Ali Baba and Other Favourites
Tales from 1,001 Nights: Aladdin, Ali Baba and Other Favourites
by M C Lyons
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Now in paperback: the best-loved tales from the acclaimed new translation This is the essential one-volume edition of The Arabian Nights, abridged from the celebrated new three-volume translation. Included are the timeless and unforgettable stories of... (read more)

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