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Ouyang Zhongshi is professor at Capital Normal University, Beijing, and advisor to the Chinese Calligraphers' Association. Wen C. Fong is chair and professor at the Center for Advanced Study of Tsinghua University and professor emeritus in the Department of Art and Archaeology of Princeton University.


"Calligraphy is China's most revered visual art, able to fascinate with its natural beauty those who cannot read a single character and captivate with its subtleties those who can. This carefully crafted volume opens up a world of profound visual pleasure, with rewards for specialists and generalists alike. Its team of fourteen experts explores the history of an art that is not free of rules but gives unlimited rein to creative expression, is not purely abstract but challenges our understanding of abstraction, and at its best is simply sublime. 'Definitive' is not a word to use lightly, but here is the definitive overview of this art for our time."-Jerome Silbergeld, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History, Princeton University

-- Jerome Silbergeld
"Covering 3,000 years, this sumptuous volume reveals the 'inspired, expressive creativity' of Chinese calligraphy. Creative change is at the heart of things here, and one learns to relish the forms themselves as revelations of the artist's presence."-Tom D'Evelyn, Providence Journal -- Tom D'Evelyn * Providence Journal *
"[Chinese Calligraphy] succeeds not only as a history of China's written language-an art form closely related to Chinese painting that is considered independent from spoken language-but as a history of China itself."-Art & Antiques * Art & Antiques *
"Monumental. . . . Beyond its value as a survey of the art, the book provides a sweeping view of Chinese history, illuminating how closely the various forms of calligraphy were tied to the prevailing political and cultural mores of each dynastic period."-Frank Olinsky, Tricycle -- Frank Olinsky * Tricycle *

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