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Foreword, by Cyril Birch Editors' Introduction Part 1: Before the Han Dynasty (to 206 BC) 1. Pattern and Sign: The Chinese Language 2. Heavenly Questions: Early Myths and Legends 3. The Book of Songs: The Earliest Anthology of Chinese Poetry 4. The Source: Prose of the Ancients: Early Narrative and Philosophy 5. The Songs of the South: Shamanism and Poetry Part 2: The Han Dynasty and the Period of Disunion 6. Red and Purple Threads: Rhapsodies from the Han and Six Dynasties 7. Mortals and Immortals: Historical and Pseudo-Historical Writings from the Han and Six Dynasties 8. We Fought South of the City Wall: Ballands and Folksongs of the Han and Six Dynasties 9. Tigers Setting the Wind Astir: Poets of the Han, Wei and Jin Dynasties 10. Bamboo Grove, Golden Valley, Orchid Pavilion: Coteries of the Third and Fourth Centuries 11. Tao Yuanming (365-427): The Gentleman of the Five Willow Trees 12. The Murmuring Stream and the Weary Road: Xie Lingyun and Bao Zhao 13. New Songs from a Jade Terrace: Court Poetry of the Southern Dynasties 14. Green Bag and Yellow Covers: A Miscellany of Prose from the Han and Six Dynasties 15. The Carving of Dragons: Early Literary Criticism 16. Spirits and Humors: Strange Tales from the Six Dynasties Part 3: The Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties (589-960) 17. The Great River: Poets of the Early Tang 18. Wang Wei (701-761): Poet and Painter 19. Li Bo (701-762): The Banished Immortal 20. Du Fu (712-770): The Sage of Poetry 21. Spring, River, Flowers, Moon, Night: Poets of the High Tang 22. Stones Where the Haft Rotted: Poets of the Mid Tang 23. Bo Juyi (772-846): Madly Singing in the Mountains 24. The Patterned Lute: Poets of the Late Tang 25. Red Leaf: Women Poets from the First Century B.C. to the Tenth Century A.D. 26. Cold Mountain: Poetry of Zen and the Tao 27. Return to the Source: Essays of the Tang Dynasty 28. The World in a Pillow: Classical Tales of the Tang Dynasty 29. Turning the Scrolls: Ballads and Stories from Dunhuang 30. Among the Flowers: Lyrics of the Tang and Five Dynasties

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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 anthology includes over a thousand selections from the most renowned translators-including Ezra Pound, Cyril Birch, and Burton Watson.

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John Minford is professor of Chinese at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Jospeph S. M. Lau is professor of translation and head of the department of Chinese at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

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Compiled by two eminent professors of Chinese in Hong Kong, this wonderful book covers the vast time span from c.2000 B.C.E. to 960 C.E. Early chapters have excerpts from oracle bones and bronze inscriptions, followed by chapters progressing to myths, philosophy, poetry, tales, histories, and legends and other forms of written work. Some works are presented as originally translated into French or Latin but are also given an English translation. Translators include the well-known Arthur Waley, James Legge, and Ezra Pound from the 19th century or early 20th century and, more recently, noted scholars such as Burton Watson and David Keightley, among many others. Each of the 30 chapters has a short introduction and an extensive list of further readings. This superb compilation serves both as literature to enjoy and as a reference for further study. Recommended for all libraries.ÄKitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"An invaluable treasure... by far the most complete, with an astounding number of selections... Highly recommended for students and scholars of Chinese literature at all levels." -- Choice "This book is a scholar's dream and an historical and literary marvel." -- Book Digest (Council On National Literatures)

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