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  • Classical Chinese Literature

Classical Chinese Literature

An Anthology of Translation (Vol.1)

John Minford, Joseph S. M. Lau


English , 2002/01 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Literature, China Studies

229 x 152 mm , 1560pp ISBN : 978-962-996-048-3

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The summation of more than 2,000 years of one of the world's most august literary traditions, this volume also represents the achievements of 300 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, David Hawkes, James Legge, Ezra Pound, Burton Watson, Stephen Owen, Cyril Birch, A. C. Graham, Kenneth Rexroth, and others. 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 literature.

John Minford was awarded his doctoral degree from Australian National University in 1980. He has taught Chinese literature and literary translation in China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Prior to his retirement in September 1999, he was Chair Professor of Translation and Director of the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Among his many important works are: the Penguin Classics edition of The Story of the Stone (co-translator), Classical, Modern and Humane: Essays in Chinese Literature (co-editor). His most recent publication is The Deer and the Cauldron, the English translation of a popular martial arts novel written by Louis Cha.

Joseph S. M. Lau graduated from the National Taiwan University with a B.A. degree in 1960 and then received his doctoral degree from Indiana University in 1966. He is now the Head and Chair Professor of the Department of Chinese at Lingnan University. Being a renowned scholar, translator, literary critic and novelist, he has written extensively in both English and Chinese. Some of his major works include: (in English) The Unbroken Chain: An Anthology of Taiwan Fiction Since 1926 (editor); (in Chinese) Tangrenjie de Xiaoshuo Shijie (The literary world of Chinatown), Ercan youji (The travel notes of Ercan); (Chinese translation) George Orwell's 1984.

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