Chinese Love Stories from "Ch'ing-shih"
Hua-yuan Li Mowry
Archon Books, 1983
Copyright © 1983 by Hua-yuan Li Mowry
About the Book
Ch'ing-shih is a lovingly made anthology of love stories, provided we push the limits of definition of "love story" just a little wider than they are usually set. The stories are classified into twenty-four major categories, each further divided into subsections and concluded with a paragraph of commentary. Professor Mowry provides a sampling of the contents of each category but not of each subsection, though the headings themselves are enough to pique our curiosity: shall we turn next to "incomplete resurrections," or "unusual degenerates"? The stories were collected in the early seventeenth century, just a decade or two before the fall of the Ming dynasty, but nine-tenths of them are pre-Ming in origin. Whether the earliest or the most recent stories have the higher artistic value will be a matter for the reader's judgement. -- From the Preface.
About the Author
Hua-yuan Li Mowry is Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures at Dartmouth College.
About the Electronic Publication
This electronic publication of Chinese Love Stories from Ch'ing-shih was made possible with the permission of the author. University Press of New England created EPUB, MOBI, and PDF files from a scanned copy of the book.
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Bibliographic InformationPublished by Archon Books, Hamden, Conn., 1983. 206 pages.
Print edition: PL2698.F4 C425132 1983