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Stories to Awaken the World


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AcknowledgmentsForewordIntroductionTranslators' NoteChronology of Chinese DynastiesStories to Awaken the WorldPreface [to the 1627 edition]1. Two High-Minded County Magistrates Vie to Take On an Orphan Girl as Daughter-in-Law2. Three Devoted Brothers Win Honor by Yielding Family Property to One Another3. The Oil-Peddler Wins the Queen of Flowers4. The Old Gardener Meets Fair Maidens5. The Grateful Tiger Delivers the Bride at Big Tree Slope6. Divine Foxes Lose a Book at Small Water Bay7. Scholar Qian Is Blessed with a Wife through a Happy Mistake8. Prefect Qiao Rearranges Matches in an Arbitrary Decision9. Chen Duoshou and His Wife Bound in Life and in Death10. The Liu Brothers in Brotherhood and in Marriage11. Three Times Su Xiaomei Tests Her Groom12. Four Times Abbot Foyin Flirts with Qinniang13. The Leather Boot as Evidence against the God Erlang's Impostor14. The Fan Tower Restaurant as Witness to the Love of Zhou Shengxian15. In Eternal Regret, He Daqing Leaves Behind a Lovers' Silk Ribbon16. In Defiance, Lu Wuhan Refuses to Give Up the Colored Shoes17. Zhang Xiaoji Takes in His Brother-in-Law at Chenliu18. Shi Fu Encounters a Friend at Tanque19. Bai Yuniang Endures Hardships and Brings about Her Husband's Success20. Zhang Tingxiu Escapes from Death and Saves His Father21. With Her Wisdom Zhang Shu'er Helps Mr. Yang Escape22. With His Flying Sword Lu Dongbin Attempts to Kill the Yellow Dragon23. Prince Hailing of Jin Dies from Indulgence in Lust24. Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty Is Punished for His Life of Extravagance25. Mr. Dugu Has the Strangest Dreams on His Journey Home26. Magistrate Xue Proves His Divinity through a Fish27. Li Yuying Appeals for Justice from Jail28. Young Master Wu Goes to a Tryst in the Next Boat29. With His Passion for Poetry and Wine, Scholar Lu Scorns Dukes and Earls30. In a Humble Inn, Li Mian Meets a Knight-Errant31. Regional Commander Zheng Renders Distinguished Service with His Divine-Arm Bow32. Scholar Huang Is Blessed with Divine Aid through His Jade-Horse Pendant33. Over Fifteen Strings of Cash, a Jest Leads to Dire Disasters34. For One Penny, a Small Grudge Ends in Stark Tragedies35. In Righteous Wrath, Old Servant Xu Builds Up a Family Fortune36. Enduring Humiliation, Cai Ruihong Seeks Revenge37. Du Zichun Goes to Chang'an Three Times38. Daoist Li Enters Cloud Gate Cave Alone39. Magistsrate Wang Burns Down Precious Lotus Monastery40. The God of Madang Conjures Wind to Blow Wang Bo to Prince Teng's PavilionNotes

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Stories to Awaken the World includes old and new stories on holy monks, murderous abbots, and lascivious nuns, together with stories on immortal maidens and Daoist magicians. Stories of pure love and devotion alternate with tales of royal debauchery. The collection contains some of the best-known stories of the genre, translated with competence and zest. -- Wilt Idema, Harvard University

About the Author

Feng Menglong (1574-1646), the most knowledgeable connoisseur of Chinese popular literature of his time, is best known for his three collections of vernacular stories, now commonly known as the Sanyan. Shuhui Yang is professor of Chinese at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Yunqin Yang is a simultaneous interpreter in the United Nations Secretariat. Together, they translated Feng's Stories Old and New (Gujin xiaoshuo) and Stories to Caution the World (Jingshi tongyan).


Only by reading each anthology in the context of the other two . . . can we fully appreciate the value of the first-ever complete English translation of the San yan and the significance of the translators' contributions.

-- Liangyan Ge * Chinese Literature *

Joining Stories Old and New, and Stories to Caution the World, both also masterfully translated by S. Yang and Y. Yang, this volume completes the full translation of Feng Menglong's sanyan, a three volume-collection of vernacular huaben short stories. . . . This three-volume set is invaluable. Highly recommended.

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