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The Scholars

Ching-Tzu, Wu

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ISBN 10: 0671601172 / ISBN 13: 9780671601171
Published by Foreign Languages Press, Peking, 1983
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Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 607 pp, color frontis, list of principal characters, 55 chapters, appendix: the examination system and official ranks referred to in this novel. Later Printing, 1983. "The Scholars (Chinese: Rúlínwàishi; literally: "The Unofficial History of the Forest ie. World of the Literati") is a Chinese novel authored by Wu Ching-Tu and completed in 1750 during the Qing Dynasty. Set in the Ming period, the novel describes and often satirizes Chinese scholars in a vernacular Chinese idiom. The first and last chapters portray recluses, but most of the loosely connected stories that form the bulk of the novel are didactic and satiric stories, on the one hand holding up exemplary Confucian behavior, but on the other ridiculing over-ambitious scholars and criticizing the civil service examination system. Promoting naturalistic attitudes over belief in the supernatural, the author rejects the popular belief in retribution: his bad characters suffer no punishment. The characters in these stories are intellectuals, perhaps based on the author's friends and contemporaries. Wu also portrays women sympathetically: the chief character Du treats his wife as a companion instead of as an inferior. Although it is a satiric novel, a major incident in the novel is Du's attempt to renovate his family's ancestral temple, suggesting the author shared with Du a belief in the importance of Confucianism." Not Price Clipped. In Pristine heavy card Slipcase with stamped characters on front panel, and decorative spine. Pristine Interior. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Dark-blue cloth with gilt characters on front board, decorative gilt panels with gilt lettering to spine, decorative endpapers, and red-ribbon page marker. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 000092

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Title: The Scholars

Publisher: Foreign Languages Press, Peking

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: Later Printing.

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