Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993. First Trade Paperback Edition, Third Printing. Softcover. Used - Good. Annotations throughout. Prior owner's name on first page. Binding is tight and square. Original card stock wraps have some wear. A number of pages are creased at the corners from having been dog-eared. 15.5 x 23.5 x 4 cm. Illustrated. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index. 610 pp. Item #8881
In this first of a planned five-volume set, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei, an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form--not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.
David Tod Roy (1933–2016) was professor emeritus of Chinese literature at the University of Chicago. His monumental five-volume translation of the Chin P'ing Mei was completed in 2013.