(Library of Chinese Classics)A Dream Under the Southern Bough

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Author: Tang Xianzu
Language: Chinese and English bilingual
ISBN/ISSN: 7119041656
2006; Hardcover;240*160mm;565pages

A Dream Under the Southern Bough, written in 1600, is a representative work of Tang Xianzu (September 24, 1550 - July 29, 1616), a distinguished playwright of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The play is about a dream, in which the hero, a discharged army officer named Chunyu Fen, dreams that he enters an ant hole, and ends up marrying the daughter of the king of the ants. The king appoints Chunyu Fen to a high position in his administration. For some 20 years, he pursues an illustrious career, until, following the death of his wife, his downfall is engineered by a political rival. The king has Chunyu Fen arrested and expelled from his realm.
The play, together with Tang Xianzu's three other plays The Peony Pavilion, the Dream on the Handan Road and the Anecdote of the Purple Hairpin, are known as "the four dreams" because dreams play at vital part in the development of all the four plots. All of them are still performed (in scenes, or in adapted full versions) on the Chinese Kun opera (kunqu) stage.

 


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