Selected Tang Dynasty Stories
-Library of Chinese Classics Chinese-English
Compiled by Shen Jiji and others (Tang Dynasty), collated and punctuated by Zhang Youhe and others, translated into English by Yang Xiangyi and Gladys Yang, translated into modern Chinese by Wang Zhongli
Published by Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, 2008
Library binding book, dimensions 960 x 640, 1/16, 1 volume, 289 pages
The Tang Dynasty (618-907) was a golden age of poetry and short stories. In the brief span of two hundred and ninety years many outstanding poets and story writers appeared. Over fifty thousand poems and over four hundred stories of the Tang Dynasty are extant today, reflecting glory on China’s ancient civilization and making no mean contribution to world literature.
The genre know as chuanqi, or short stories, was a vehicle for writers of those days to express their thoughts and feelings by recounting the adventures and destinies of characters. The social life and human feelings described in the stories aroused people's interest and sympathetic response, and gained for them a huge popular following. Particular favorites down the centuries were such masterpieces as Ren the Fox Fairy, The Dragon King's Daughter and Price Huo's Daughter, and these, among others, were also adapted into the forms of local operas and later vernacular fiction. English and Japanese translations of many of these stories have also appeared. As part of efforts to sustain China's fine cultural heritage, we have selected ten chuanqi masterpieces and presented them in the form of original texts followed by modern Chinese and English translations. The translations strive to be accurate and smooth, to enable readers to better appreciate this important aspect of ancient Chinese culture while gaining pleasure from reading these absorbing tales.
The Tang stories arose following the political, economic and cultural upsurge of the period. They continued the Six Dynasties tradition of supernatural tales and, influenced by contemporary art and minstrelsy and by the vernacular Buddhist literature, developed vigorously.
The stories in this collection can be divided into three main categories: stories of the supernatural, stories with a political theme or adventure stories, and love stories.
作者：（唐）沈既济 等编撰；王中立 今译；杨宪益，戴乃迭 英译
包装：精装一卷， 大16开，289 页