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Selected Chinese Stories of the Song and Ming Dynasties I & II

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Selected Chinese Stories of the Song and Ming Dynasties
 -Library of Chinese Classics Chinese-English
Compiled by Feng Menglong and Ling Mengchu (Ming Dynasty), translated into English by Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang
Published by Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, 2007
Library binding book, dimensions 960 x 640, 1/16, 2 Volumes, 1205 pages
ISBN: 9787119042589

Pinghua was originally referred to the performance art of story telling in which the performer told the story without any singing or musical accompaniment. It became very popular in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Later, the content of those stories were recorded in writing and this is how vernacular fiction came into being. In the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), the term Pinghua was used to refer to vernacular records of stories with historical themes. By the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, it came to refer to vernacular stories irrespective of theme. Pinghua mainly targeted at ordinary people living in urban areas. It mostly mirrors the vicissitudes of their life with a simple vernacular language. Differing from the poems and articles of officials and scholars, short stories of this kind often involve supernatural events, adventures, political themes, Buddhist or Taoist preachments, or love between men and women. They reflect the thoughts and aspirations of the common people and are, in fact, consummate works of art imbued with all the vitality of their time. Pinghua has high literary and artistic values.

Stories to Enlighten Men, Stories to Warn Men, and Stories to Awaken Men, Amazing Tales, and Amazing Tales-Second Series (the five jointly referred to as "Three Story Collections and Two Series of Amazing Tales") are the five most famous collections of vernacular short stories of the Ming Dynasty. Many stories from them have been translated into many languages shortly after the collections were published. The twenty stories in this collection were selected from the above mentioned five collections.

Contents

The Jade Worker
The Honest Clerk
Fifteen Strings of Cash
The Monk's Billet-Doux
The Foxes' Revenge
The Hidden Will
The Two Brothers
The Beggar Chief's Daughter
A Just Man Avenged
The Tattered Felt Hat
The Courtesan's Jewel Box
The Oil Vendor and the Courtesan
The Old Gardener
Marriage by Proxy
the Proud Scholar
The Tangerines and the Tortoise Shell
The Story of a Braggart
The Alchemist and His Concubine
A Prefectship Bought and Lost
The Merry Adventures of Lazy Dragon

汉英对照大中华文库:宋明平话选
作者:(明)冯梦龙,(明)凌濛初 著,杨宪益,戴乃迭 英译
出版社:外文出版社
出版日期:2007年9月
包装:精装 2卷, 大16开,1205页
ISBN: 9787119042589

内容简介

“评话”,原是讲说故事的一种民间表演技艺,在宋代的城市里极为盛行。后来,这类口头表演的内容被记录整理成书面文字,称为“话本”或者“白话小说”。元代时开始专指演叙历史题材的白话小说为评话,到了明清两代,评话便成了涵盖各种题材的白话小说的通称。“评话”以城市中的普通大众作为主要的读者对象,语言通俗易懂,内容也多是反映市井小人物的荣枯沉浮和悲欢离合,表现的是与传统士大夫诗文迥然不同的市俗精神风貌,有着极高的文学、艺术价值。

《喻世明言》、《警世通言》、《醒世恒言》、《拍案惊奇》和《二刻拍案惊奇》(合称“三言二拍”)是五部最为著名的宋明短篇白话小说集,其中很多作品在成书后不久即被翻译成多种外文,流传到世界各地。本书的20篇作品均选自于上述五部小说集,英文部分由著名的翻译家杨宪益、戴乃迭合译,这当是众多英译本中最好的一种。

目录

 崔待诏生死冤家
 小夫人金钱赠年少
 十五贯戏言成巧祸
 简贴僧巧骗皇甫妻
 小水湾天狐诒书
 滕大尹鬼断家私
 刘小官雌雄兄弟
 金玉奴棒打薄情郎
 沈小霞相会出师表
 宋小官团圆破毡笠
 杜十娘怒沉百宝箱

 卖油郎独占花魁
 灌园叟晚逢仙女
 钱秀才错占凤凰俦
 卢太学诗酒傲王侯
 转运汉遇巧洞庭红 波斯胡指破鼍龙壳
 刘东山夸技顺城门 十八兄奇踪村酒肆
 丹客半黍九还 富翁千金一笑
 钱多处白丁横带 运退时刺史当艄
 神偷寄兴一枝梅 侠盗惯行三昧戏

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