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Stories from a Ming Collection: Translations of Chinese Short Stories published in the Seventeeth Century
Stories from a Ming Collection Translations of Chinese Short Stories published in the Seventeeth Century Author:Feng Meng-lung, Cyril Birch (Transltor) Stories from a Ming Collection (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: Chinese Series) — Stories from a Ming Collection - UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: Chinese Series — Author: Cyril Birch (Translator) — The popularity of the Chinese story-teller goes back to the market place of the T'ang dynasty [7th and 8th centuries, from 618 to... more » 907], but the familiar figure came into his own in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and his audience included not only the populace but men of leisure and the Emperor as well. In the early sixteenth century, near the end of the Ming dynasty, as the taste for lighter forms of literature grew, the reading, writing, and publication of colloquial fiction became a craze. At this time, Feng Meng-lung, a teacher and scholar with a sketchy official career, collected prompt-books, transcribed stories, and compiled a large collection of tales from oral tradition which was published in 1624 as "Stories Old and New".
This collection of six stories from the Feng Meng-lung [1574-1645] collection includes representative types of the story-teller's traditional art.
Cyril Birch has been an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oriental Languages of the University of California at Berkeley. His special interests are the traditional drama and fiction of China and the writers of the twentieth century.