New York/Hong Kong: Columbia University Press/Chinese University Press, 2000. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Inscription to prior owner by editor. Used - Very Good/Fine. Dark blue cloth boards with white lettering to spine. Slight wear to tail of spine. Binding tight and square. Clean, unmarked, bright. Map endpapers. B/W illustrations. 15.5 x 23.5 x 6.5 cm. Index. 1176 pp. / Very Good/Fine. Slight wear to edges. Item #10377
With a foreword by Cyril Birch.
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 selections include poetry, drama, fiction, songs, biographies, and works of early Chinese philosophy and history rendered in English by the most renowned translators of classical Chinese literature: Arthur Waley, Ezra Pound, David Hawkes, James Legge, Burton Watson, Stephen Owen, Cyril Birch, A. C. Graham, Witter Bynner, Kenneth Rexroth, and others.
Arranged chronologically and by genre, each chapter is introduced by definitive quotes and brief introductions chosen from classic Western sinological treatises. Beginning with discussions of the origins of the Chinese writing system and selections from the earliest "genre" of Chinese literature—the Oracle Bone inscriptions—the book then proceeds with selections from:
• early myths and legends;
• the earliest anthology of Chinese poetry, the Book of Songs;
• early narrative and philosophy, including the I Ching, Tao-te Ching, and the Analects of Confucius;
• rhapsodies, historical writings, magical biographies, ballads, poetry, and miscellaneous prose from the Han and Six Dynasties period;
• the court poetry of the Southern Dynasties;
• the finest gems of Tang poetry; and
• lyrics, stories, and tales of the Sui, Tang, and Five Dynasties eras.
Special highlights include individual chapters covering each of the luminaries of Tang poetry: Wang Wei, Li Bo, Du Fu, and Bo Juyi; early literary criticism; women poets from the first to the tenth century C.E.; and the poetry of Zen and the Tao.
Bibliographies, explanatory notes, copious illustrations, a chronology of major dynasties, and two-way romanization tables coordinating the Wade-Giles and pinyin transliteration systems provide helpful tools to aid students, teachers, and general readers in exploring this rich tradition of world literature.
Table of Contents:
Foreword, by Cyril Birch
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.