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Classical Chinese Literature: v. 1
Author: John Minford

ISBN: 9780231096775
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 1248
Published: 17 March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.7 x 22.6 x 5.9
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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

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