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The Art of Writing: Lu Chi's Wen Fu

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ISBN 10: 091594362X / ISBN 13: 9780915943623
Published by Milkweed Editions, 1991
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Art of Writing: Lu Chi's Wen Fu

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Written in 200 C. E., this is one of the first Chinese works about the use of language and is for those who wish to engage the art of letters at its deepest levels. The Wen Fu discusses the joys and problems that face both writer and reader.

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It's hard to believe that a book written around 200 A.D. can so poignantly cut to the quick of writing's agony and ecstasy. Everything that concerns the writer is beautifully addressed, from writer's block ("Sometimes the door remains bolted") to language's limitations ("all their real jewels cannot fill the cup I make of my fingers"), upwards to the writer's re-vision of themes ("a common song sung to a great melody is another way to find beauty") and the joy of creating ("in a single yard of silk, there is infinite space"). This book offers a fresh perspective out of an ancient text.

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