Stories of Old China Author:W. W. Yen (Translator) A collection of 22 short stories from the Tang [618-907], Sung [960-1279], Ming [1368-1644] and Ching (Manchu) [1644-1911] Dynasties. The characters portrayed range from emperors and courtiers, scholars and strategists, courtesans and story-tellers, ordinary peasants and men in the street, love-lorn young men and women, hermits and magic workers... more », to fairies and immortals. They are representative of many facets of the life of old China, as many, indeed, as can be fitted into a handy volume.
The translator and compiler of these stories, Dr. W. W. Yen (1877-1950), was a scholar and diplomat. He translated them in 1942 while under house arrest in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong.« less