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The Grand Scribe's Records, Vol. 8: The Memoirs of Han China (Volume VIII) Hardcover – August 12, 2008

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"These volumes are most welcome.... The English translation has been done meticulously, with full scholarly apparatus.... These volumes are essential library additions." —Choice

"[T]he Grand Scribe's Records volume 8 is a remarkable achievement and an interesting experiment in combining something resembling a traditional Chinese commentarial style with a Western scholarly context.... And, as with previous volumes, the intrepid beginner or the careful specialist will find volume 8 to be ahelpful aid to research on the Shiji." —China Review International

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"These volumes are most welcome. . . . The English translation has been done meticulously, with full scholarly apparatus. . . . These volumes are essential library additions." --Choice

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William H. Nienhauser, Jr. was born in St. Louis in 1943. After a year of Chinese at the Army Language School in Monterey, California, Nienhauser became enamoured with Chinese culture, taking his Ph.D. at Indiana University under Professor Wu-chi Liu in 1972. During his early years at the University of Wisconsin (where he is Jay C. & Ruth Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Literature) his interests focused on Chinese biographies, both historical and fictional. Readings in Comparative Literature led him to study narrative theory and develop an interest in the evolution of Chinese narrative. Beginning with Tang-dynasty biographies and tales, Nienhauser worked his back to the great Han-dynasty "national narrative," the Shiji (The Grand Scribe's Records, ca. 100 BCE), written by Sima Qian and his father Sima Tan. Since 1989 he has directed an evolving team of scholars who translate and annotate this massive text. Among numerous awards are the Humboldt Prize (2003). At present (December 2010) he is reading Hillary Mantel's Wolf Hall and recalling an earlier interest in fourteenth-sixteenth century English history.

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