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  • Leaves of Prayer (2nd edition)

Leaves of Prayer (2nd edition)

Elsie Choy

English , 2000/08 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Literature

213 x 140 mm , 320pp ISBN : 978-962-201-883-9

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This is an authentic history of a Chinese female poet, He Shuangqing. She lived at a time when people regarded men as superior to women. However, she was fortunate to have some scholar acquaintances who were open-minded. They spurned the traditional attitude towards her sex and showed their appreciation of her poems and her attitude towards life. One of the scholars, Shi Zhenlin, wrote down and recorded her life and poetry in his book Xiqing sanji (West Green Random Notes) so that her poems could be read by more people. Leaves of Prayer is a translation of Xiqing sanji. This book consists of three parts. Part 1 gives an introduction to Shi Zhenlin's Xiqing sanji and He Shuangqing, the poet. Part 2 is a translation of Xiqing sanji which narrates the vicissitudes of He Shuangqing's life. Part 3 lists the poems of He Shuangqing with their originals written in Chinese calligraphy.

Elsie Choy's background spans both America and China, from where her paternal grandparents emigrated to Hawaii in the 1800s. Born in Shanghai, she was raised in both cultures, tutored in the Chinese classics and attended both Chinese and American schools in that city. When a grave illness began in the sixties, she searched for answers by examining the traditions in both cultures.

A fifteen-year probing brought her to the gradual remission of her illness. That was when she discovered the poet, He Shuangqing. She devoted eight years to gaining an understanding of this poet and sharing that understanding in the present volume.

Elsie Choy started college at The University of Hawaii and received her B.A. degree from The University of Michigan and M.S. degree from Columbia University. She worked at the Columbia University on a research project on contemporary cultures under the direction of Ruth Benedict, then Margaret Mead after Benedict's death.

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