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The Classic Chinese Novel


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ISBN 10: 025317483X / ISBN 13: 9780253174833
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Columbia U, 1968. First edition.With bibliography of the Chinese novel. Study begins with the earliest novels which date back to the 14th century. previous owner signature. Very good hardback in slightly chipped dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1546

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Title: The Classic Chinese Novel

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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C. T. Hsia studies in depth six landmarks of Chinese fiction: The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, The Water Margin, Journey to the West, Chin P'ing Mei, The Scholars, and Dream of the Red Chamber. While he provides pertinent historical and bibliographical information for the proper appreciation of each novel, his focus is mainly critical as he examines in detail its structure and style, and analyzes its major characters and episodes in relation to its moral or philosophic themes. Many Western classics are cited for relevant comparison, and generous excerpts from each novel, most of them newly translated, permit the reader to sample the flavor of the original.

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C. T. Hsia, Professor Emeritus of Chinese at Columbia University, is author of another seminal work of enduring importance, A History of Modern Chinese Fiction (1961; 2nd edition, 1971). A bilingual author of wide influence among Chinese readers, he has also published several volumes of criticism and essays in Chinese, and co-edited Modern Chinese Stories and Novellas: 1919-1949.

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