Library of Chinese Classics: A New Account of Tales of the World

A New Account of Tales of the World in Library of Chinese Classics

A New Account of Tales of the World in the two volume hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This set is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. This set of A New Account of Tales of the World was published by the Zhonghua Shuju in 2007 and there are 794 pages.

A New Account of Tales of the World Synopsis
The major part of A New Account of Tales of the World is the collection of words and deeds by intellectuals and famous people who flourished in the period of time starting from the late Eastern Han (25 – 220 AD) to Eastern Jin Dynasty(317 – 420 AD).

In accordance with the characteristics of their content, all the selected pieces were classified into thirty-six categories which include “Virtuous Conduct”, “Speech and Conversation”, “Affairs of State”, etc. By employing an unique style, the author Liu Yiqing gives his attention to the proper choice of typical details and representative deeds and words, which as a whole, depicts realistically the social and intellectual scenery of Wei and Jin Dynasties, and presents a vivid picture of the lives of people from all walks of life at that time.

A New Account of Tales of the World 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 and Arabic.

Library of Chinese Classics: The Handan Dream

The Handan Dream in Library of Chinese Classics

The Handan Dream 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. This set of The Handan Dream was published by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in 2003 and there are 550 pages.

The Handan Dream
The Handan Dream (also known as the Record of Handan)is one of the literary masterpieces 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 and this is partially why his works are still popular today.

The Handan Dream is about a scholar who went to the capital for the civil exam and was enlightened by an Immortal. Lu Sheng is a down-and-out scholar who meets with Lu Dongbin, an immortal, at a small inn in the city of Handan. Upon hearing Lu Sheng’s complaint about his wretched life, Lu Dongbin lends him a porcelain pillow to sleep on. In his dream, Lu Sheng experience 50 years of life as a high official. The Handan Dream captures the seamy side of officialdom in the feudal society. The library of Chinese Classics has the first English translation of Handan Dream, now people worldwide can appreciate it.

The Handan Dream 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.

Library of Chinese Classics: Brush Talks From Dream Brook

Brush Talks From Dream Brook in Library of Chinese Classics

Brush Talks From Dream Brook in the two volume hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. This set of Brush Talks From Dream Brook was published by Sichuan Renmin Publishing House in 2008 and there are 1065 pages.

Brush Talks From Dream Brook
Brush Talks From Dream Brook is an extensive book written by the polymath Chinese scientist and statesman Shen Kuo (1031-1095) by 1088 AD, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) of China. Shen was previously a highly renowned government official and military general and compiled this enormous written work while virtually isolated on his lavish garden estate near modern-day Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. He named the book after the name he gave to his estate, the “Dream Brook”. The titular ‘Brush Talks’ is because Shen Kuo said “Because I had only my writing brush and ink slab to converse with, I call it Brush Talks.”

Brush Talks From Dream Brook in total contains 26 volumes, the content of which involves astronomy, mathematics, geography, physics, biology, medicine, military, literary, history, archaeology and music.
Brush Talks From Dream Brook is widely recognized as an important masterpiece in the history of Chinese scientific and technological development. Don’t let the fact that it’s over 1000 years old fool you, some of the work in Shen Kuo’s Brush Talks From Dream Brook is as relevant in the 21st century as it ever was.

Brush Talks From Dream Brook is one 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(Biblioteca de Clasicos Chinos), French, German, Japanese and Arabic.

Library of Chinese Classics: Guanzi

Guanzi in Library of Chinese Classics

Guanzi in the four volume hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. This set of Guanzi was published by Guangxi Shifan Daxue Publishing House in 2005 and there are 1691 pages.

Guanzi
Guanzi was written over a very long period and in 26BCE Liu Xiang edited these 564 writings, getting rid of repetitive content and selecting 86 for posterity. After that, 10 of the selected texts were lost. There are now 76 works in existence.

Many researchers believe Guanzi to be the work of the Legalists of the State of Qi(1046 BC – 221 BC). This collection contains not only the thoughts of the Taoists, Confucians and ancient Chinese thinkers specializing in the art of war, it also contains thoughts on Yin-Yang, the Five Main Elements, astronomy, the ancient calendar, education and agriculture. The economic thoughts and ideas of Guanzi make this collection unique among all classical Chinese documents. This version for Library of Chinese Classics is the first complete English translation of Guanzi.

Guanzi is one 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. These bilingual books are great 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(Biblioteca de Clasicos Chinos), French, German, Arabic and Japanese.

Library of Chinese Classics: Gems of Classical Chinese Poetry

Gems of Classical Chinese Poetry in Library of Chinese Classics

Gems of Classical Chinese Poetry in the one volume hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. There are 321 pages and 1 book version was published by Zhonghua Shuju in 2006.

Gems of Classical Chinese Poetry
This book of Gems of Classical Chinese Poetry contains 152 poems. To make it easy to read and memorize, the poems have been arranged in the order of pentasyllabic quatrains, hepasyllabic regulated verses, pentasyllabic ancient-style poems, and heptasyllabic anciet-style poems. Under each form, the poets are arranged in a chronological order. You don’t need to understand what these stylistic terms mean in order to understand the beauty of Gems of Classical Chinese Poetry, it is just extra background information.

Gems of Classical Chinese Poetry 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. These bilingual books are perfect for Western readers interested in Chinese culture, people learning Chinese and native Chinese readers who want to read an accessible version of the classics.

Library of Chinese Classics: Anthology of Tales from Records of the Taiping Era

Tales from records of the Taiping Era in Library of Chinese Classics

Anthology of Tales from Records of the Taiping Era in the two book hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. There are approximately 1019 pages and this set of 2 volumes was published by Foreign Languages Press in 2008.

Anthology of Tales from Records of the Taiping Era
This set contains 155 of the best-written stories from the Records of the Taiping Era. The Chinese version is the one punctuated and proofread by Wang Shaoying, and published by Zhonghua Book Bureau in 1961, while the English version is from Zhang Guangqian’s translation.

Records of the Taiping Era, compiled during the reign of Emperor Taizong of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), is a collection of nearly 7,000 stories, dating from the pre-Qin period (770-221 B.C.) to the early Northern Song Dynasty. The stories, principly myths and legends, record and recount a variety of strange happenings in a succinct style. The subjects and content as well as the literary genre exerted a tremendous influence on the development of classical Chinese novels, and indeed on Chinese literature as a whole.

Many writers of later generations have sourced materials for prose and drama works from the Records of the Taiping Era. Additionally, due to material collected in the Records of the Taiping Era, we have gained knowledge of over 400 books and documents which no longer exist.

Anthology of Tales from Records of the Taiping Era 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. The bilingual nature of this series means that it is perfect for Western readers interested in Chinese culture, people learning Chinese and indeed native Chinese readers.

Library of Chinese Classics: 300 Early Chinese Poems (206 BC – 618 AD)

300 Early Chinese Poems (206BC-618AD) in Library of Chinese Classics

300 Early Chinese Poems (206BC-618AD) in the two book hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. There are approximately 547 pages and this set of 2 volumes was published by Hunan Renmin Press in 2006

300 Early Chinese Poems

This anthology of over 300 poems from the Han Dynasty to the Sui Dynasty (206 BC-618 AD), give us a glimpse of Early Chinese poetry during this period. This was an important time in the growth of Chinese poetry and the poems in these years continue the fine tradition of The Book of Poetry and The Verse of Chu. 300 Early Chinese Poems also gives a vivid panorama of the social reality of that period in Chinese history. These poems attempt to explore new genres and ways of versification and lay the foundation for further flourishing and development of Chinese poetry in the Tang Dynasty(618 AD- 907 AD).

In this volume the 300 Early Chinese Poems have been selected from 6,000 extant poems in order to present an overview of the poetry during this period. Poetic styles include the yuefu in the Han Dynasty, five-syllabic and seven-syllabic poems, the pastoral poems, and rhythmic poetry. It is truly an interesting collection and the Chinese-English mirror format enables readers (whether Chinese or not) to appreciate the beauty and majesty of the poetry.

300 Early Chinese Poems (206BC-618AD) is part of The Library of Chinese Classics and there are over 60 books in the series so far.

Library of Chinese Classics: The Golden Lotus

The Golden Lotus in Library of Chinese Classics

The Golden Lotus by Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng(also known as Jin Ping Mei or The Plum in the Golden Vase) in the five book hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. There are approximately 2500 pages and this set of 5 books was published by Renmin Wenxue.

About the Golden Lotus

The Golden Lotus describes the downfall of the Ximen household during the years 1111–27 AD. The story centres on Ximen Qing, who is a corrupt social climber and lustful merchant wealthy enough to marry a consort of six wives and concubines. The Golden Lotus named after one of the central female characters, Pan Jinlian(Jinlian means Golden Lotus). Within Chinese societies, Jin Ping Mei was considered to be pornographic material up until the Qing dynasty. After this, it was re-evaluated as literature.

The Golden Lotus is part of The Library of Chinese Classics and there are over 60 books in the series so far.

Library of Chinese Classics: The Spring and Autumn of Lu Buwei

Spring and Autumn of Lu Buwei in Library of Chinese Classics

The Spring and Autumn of Lu BuWei (which literally translates as Mister Lü’s Spring and Autumn Annals) in the three book hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. There are approximately 1249 pages and this set of 3 books was published by Guangxi Shifan Daxue.

About the Spring and Autumn of Lu Buwei

The original text of The Spring and Autumn of Lu Buwei comprises 26 scrolls in 160 sections. It is divided into three major parts; The Almanacs, The Examinations and the Discourses. With this collection, Lu Buwei was trying to provide references on the methodology of governing the people to the feudal regime that was going to unify China. This set is is focused on topics such as the notion of government according to the sovereign’s principles and his inferiors serving the sovereign whole-heartedly.

The Spring and Autumn of Lu Buwei is part of The Library of Chinese Classics and there are over 60 books in the series so far.

Library of Chinese Classics: Outlaws of the Marsh

Outlaws of the Marsh in Library of Chinese Classics

Outlaws of the Marsh (also known as Water Margin, All Men Are Brothers, Men of the Marshes, or The Marshes of Mount Liang) in the five book hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. There are approximately 3080 pages and this set of 5 books was published in 2003. This contains the complete and unabridged Outlaws of the Marsh, preserving faithfully both the style and content of the original text.

Outlaws of the Marsh Synopsis

Outlaws of the Marsh is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, mainly written by Shi Nai’an, although the exact authorship of other parts of the book is unclear. Outlaws of the Marsh is based on the outlaw Song Jiang and his 36 companions. The group was active in the Huai River region and surrendered to the government in 1121. They were recorded in History of the Song Dynasty of the Twenty-Four Histories. The name of “Song Jiang” appeared in the chapter of Emperor Huizong of Song while the activities of the outlaw group were mentioned in the chapter for Zhang Shuye. This book has been eternally popular, with Japanese translations dating back to the 18th century.

Outlaws of the Marsh is part of The Library of Chinese Classics and there are over 60 books in the series so far.