William Dolby

Classical Chinese Translations and Research

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4: Chinese Short Stories - Spanning 2000 Years


Book Details

The first edition of this book 'Chinese Short Stories' as translated by William Dolby and No.4 of the Chinese Culture Series was originally presented in a self-published soft-backed book in 2003, although the individual translations stretch back and most notably to one of Bill's first published book; Feng Menglong (1574-1646), The Perfect Lady by Mistake and other stories, translated by and with an introduction by William Dolby (ISBN: 0 236 40002 9, Published by Paul Elek in 1976).

A new edition was published in 2016:

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (1st Dec. 2016) by Straightback Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1540431363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1540431363
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm

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China has a rich tradition, through the ages, of superbly plotted, highly imaginative and vivid world-quality short stories. This anthology presents but a few, from 100 or so BC up to modern times, including some tales that have been seminal for other forms of literature and entertainment. Here are the noble and the dastardly, paragons of friendship, a tiger of honour, a most base bandit, a dragon king, tragedy born of a joke, China's most famous poet, the most renowned tale of mighty vengeance, a courtesan of immense integrity, a love-triangle of intricate intrigue, China's most celebrated romance, a fairy paradise, bleak cynicism, a drunkard in life and death, a touching and insightful last visit home by the doyen of twentieth century literature, and a depiction of the victory of mild humans over brutal ones by China's best novelist of recent times.