William Dolby

Classical Chinese Translations and Research

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27. Chinese Myths


Book Details

"Chinese Myths" is an in-depth translation of hundreds of Chinese myths by William Dolby. Originally translated in the 1980's, a hardback edition was self-published in 2012. 

A reformatted and arranged paperback second edition was published in 2016

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (22 Nov. 2016) by Straightback Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1540553345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1540553348
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm

This work represents the 27th of 33 of the Chinese Culture Series.

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Ancient China had a rich diversity of myths from many traditions and peoples. Enough survives to show us a colourful and imaginative tapestry for the explanation of life's origins and mysteries, the foundations and falls of dynasties, immortals, deities, battles of gods, weird lands and strange folks, and many other supernatural and wonderful accounts, often hinting at vaster mythological backgrounds.

The present selection aims to suggest how vivid the myths were, by such means as venturing translations of many names. The generative potential of China's age-old myths continues into modern times, perhaps most notably in the realm of visual art.