By Frances Wood
Great Books of China bargains concise introductions – each one of them observed by way of beneficiant citation (in English) from the e-book in query – to sixty-six works within the canon of chinese language literature. The books selected replicate the chronological and thematic breadth of chinese language literary culture, starting from such classics as The booklet of Songs and the Confucian Analects, via well known dramas and novels (The Romance of the Western Chamber; The Water Margin), twentieth-century political and biographical works (Quotations from Chairman Mao, the autobiography of the final emperor) and smooth novels which are little recognized within the West (Memories of South Peking, Six Chapters from a Cadre college Life).
Frances wooden provides a entire, obtainable and richly informative primer for the uninitiated; a field of delights that opens up a whole literary tradition to the inquisitive reader.
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