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The Chinese Vernacular Story (Harvard East Asian) Hardcover – March 4, 1981
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What Hanan does here is show us this glimpse into centuries past. Giving accounts of famous and popular authors. Where possible, there are short bios of each. Reading these also gives some sense about the societies they inhabited. There is a summary of the types of writings that made each famous. Feng Menglong and Ling Mengchu are 2 such authors. You might appreciate that in their times, they were the equivalent of Charles Dickens or H G Wells in Victorian Britain.