(Library of Chinese Classics)Anthology Of Tales From Records Of The Taiping Era


Price: $42.00


Author: Li Fang
Language: Chinese and English bilingual
ISBN/ISSN: 9787119050881
2007; Hardcover;240*160mm;1019pages

Records of the Taiping Era, compiled during the Taiping Xingguo reign period (976-984) of Emperor Taizong of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), is a collection of about 7,000 stories, dating from the pre-Qin period (770-221 BC) to the early Northern Song Dynasty. The stories, mainly myths and legends, record or recount a variety of strange happenings in a succinct style. The subjects and contents as well as the literary genre thus formed exerted a tremendous influence on the development of classical Chinese novels, and indeed on Chinese literature as a whole. Many writers of later generations have sourced materials for prose and drama works from the Records of the Taiping Era. In addition, thanks to material collected in the records, it has been possible for later generations to gain first-hand knowledge of some 400 lost books and documents.
This book contains 155 of the best-written stories from the Records of the Taiping Era. The present translation is based on the 1961 edition by Zhong Hua Book Company. It is an enlarged edition of Into the Porcelain Pillow - 101 Tales from Records of the Taiping Era published in 1998 by Foreign Languages Press, Beijing. Fifty-two newly translated stories have been added, and most of the postscripts and poems omitted from the first edition have been restored. Slight revisions and corrections have been made to the original 103 tales (The Woman's First Mirror and the Bitten Nose were under on title in the previous edition, and a Granny in Qiongdu County was treated as an appendix to the Snake on the Shoulder-Pole). Now, instead of 42, this edition covers 51 of the 92 categories in the original text. The stories are arranged in their original order.


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