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Vignettes from the Late Ming: A Hsiao-p'in Anthology Paperback – March 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0295977331 ISBN-10: 0295977337 Edition: annotated edition

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; annotated edition edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295977337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295977331
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This slim—and handsome—volume constitutes a very fine contribution to the recent flurry of translations of traditional Chinese literature, one that can serve as both textbook and reference for a variety of readers."—Journal of Asian and African Studies

"This book is well-produced and well-designed. It is also itself like a hsiao-p'in, short and elegant."—Sino-Platonic Papers 98

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"Vignettes from the Late Ming is a judicious selection of informal essays . . . [that] introduce aspects of traditional Chinese life that one cannot read about in more formal types of writing. These essays also tell us something about late—Ming sensibility and introduce the personality of some very interesting thinkers and writers. . . A most welcome work."—David R. Knechtges, University of Washington

"The selection is excellent; the best writers are included, and good examples by each. There is no [other] such anthology . . . available in any Western language."—Jonathan Chaves, The George Washington University

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lin Dai-yu (daiyu@mail.utexas.edu) on June 1, 1999
Despite several unfortunate English constructions (which are perfectly understandable) and several editorial mishaps (the most interesting of which is an allusion to "Ernest Hemingway's page-long sentences"), this book is excellent. The quality of the writers featured varies -- Zhang Dai and Li Liufang come across as fascinating, Tu Long and Tan Yuanchun come across as somewhat dull -- but all in all it is a good, light read appropriate for the summer. One wishes that someone (perhaps Yang Ye himself) would translate some of Zhang Dai's books in full: Dream Memories of Tao'an and Searching for West Lake in Dreams seem in particular to merit more careful attention in the West. If any such complete translations do exist, I would very much appreciate someone letting me know where I might obtain them.
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