Library of Chinese Classics: A Dream Under the Southern Bough

A Dream Under the Southern Bough in Library of Chinese Classics

A Dream Under the Southern Bough in the one volume hardback book from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. A Dream Under the Southern Bough was published by the Foreign Languages Press in 2003 and there are 566 pages.

A Dream Under the Southern Bough
A Dream Under the Southern Bough is one of the literary masterpieces written by Chinese dramatist Tang Xianzu (author of the Handan Dream, Peony Pavilion, The Purple Hairpin, Record of Southern Bough, The Purple Flute) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Tang Xianzu was a very influential playwright and this is partially why his works are still popular today. A Dream Under the Southern Bough is about a dream in which the hero, a discharged army officer, dreams that he enters an ant hole, and ends up marrying the daughter of the king of the ants.

A Dream Under the Southern Bough is part of Library of Chinese Classics and there are over 60 books in the series so far. Library of Chinese Classics is a ‘mirror’ format which means that there is a page of Chinese followed by a page of English. As they are bilingual, the books are extremely suitable for Western readers interested in Chinese culture, people learning Chinese and native Chinese readers who want to read an accessible version of the classics. Since their publication, they have been immensely popular and Library of Chinese Classics has also been translated into Spanish, French, German, Arabic and Japanese.

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  1. […] written by Chinese dramatist Tang Xianzu (author of the Peony Pavilion, The Purple Hairpin, A Dream Under the Southern Bough, The Purple Flute) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Tang Xianzu was a very influential playwright […]

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