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The Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature

Author: Victor H Mair
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1994.
Series: Translations from the Asian classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Brings together fiction, poetry, drama, folk stories, elegies, letters, travelogues, criticism and theory. It emphasizes the distinctive features of Chinese literature through the ages by means of its topical arrangement.

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Genre/Form: Translations into English
Musical texts
Short stories
Anthologies Traductions anglaises
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victor H Mair
ISBN: 023107428X 9780231074285 0231074298 9780231074292
OCLC Number: 29634216
Language Note: Texts translated from the Chinese.
Description: xxxvii, 1335 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foundations and interpretations. Divinations and inscriptions. A late Shang divination record --
Two bronze inscriptions of the western Chou --
The book of changes of the Chou people --
Two early commentaries on the Classic of changes --
Philosophy, thought, and religion. from Kuan tzu. "Inner workings" ; "Duties of the student" / Kuan Chung --
from Mo tzu. Chapter 31 : "on ghosts, 3" / Mo Ti --
Confucian analects, book 2 / Anonymous --
from Mencius. "Bull mountain" ; Fish and bear's paws / Meng K'o --
from Chuang tzu. Chapter 17 and other passages / Chuang Chou --
The classic book of integrity and the way : Tao te ching / Lao Tzu --
from Balanced discussions, chapter 28 : "Taoist untruths / Wang Ch'ung --
from Lieh tzu. "The stupid old man who moved a mountain" / Lieh Yü-k'ou --
from Lotus sūtra, chapter 3. "Parable" / Kumārajīva (translator) --
from Abhidharma-mahāvibhāṣā-śāstra, chapter 99. "The sins of Mahādeva" / Hsüan-tsang (translator) --
from The scripture of the Amoghapāśa Dhāraṇī, the sovereign lord of spells. Section 9 : "Siddhi to make a corpse fetch concealed treasure" ; Section 10 : "Siddhi for entering the Princess Grotto" / Ratnacinta (translator) --
Criticism and theory. from Classic of odes. "The great preface" / Anonymous --
"Rhymeprose on literature" / Lu Chi --
Preface to Literary selections / Hsiao T'ung --
Preface to Record of the classification of old painters / Hsieh Ho --
from Ts'ang-lang's Discussions of poetry. "An analysis of poetry" / Yen Yü --
"Poems on poetry, No. 30" ; "With Chang Hung-lüeh, court attendant, discussing literature" / Yüan Hao-wen. Verse. Classical poetry. from Classic of odes --
"The needle and thread" / Pan Chao --
"Seven sorrows" / Wang Ts'an --
"Poem without a category" ; "Cockfight" / Liu Chen --
"Ballad of the orioles in the fields" / Ts'ao Chih --
"Songs of my soul" / Juan Chi --
"Poem on the wandering immortal" / Kuo P'u --
"Substance, shadow, and spirit" ; "Poems after drinking wine", no. 5 ; "In praise of Ching K'o" ; "On reading the Seas and mountains classic" ; "Blaming sons" / T'ao Ch'ien --
"On my way from south mountain to north mountain, I glance at the scenery from the lake" ; "On climbing the highest peak of Stone Gate Mountain" / Hsieh Ling-yün --
"Harmonizing with a poem by left assistant Yü Kao-chih requesting sick leave" ; "Seeing the beloved in a dream" ; "Returning to my garden home : in respectful response to the master of Hua-yang" ; "Listening to gibbons at Rock-Pool Creek" / Shen Yüeh --
"Poem written in answer to His Majesty's question : 'what is there in the mountains?'" / T'ao Hung-ching --
"Describing a dream for someone" / Wang Seng-ju --
"Spring day" / Yü Chien-wu --
"A pheasant on his morning flight" / Hsiao Kang --
[Untitled] / Brahmacārin Wang --
"On the cicada : in prison" / Lo Pin-wang --
"Written impromptu upon returning to my hometown" / Ho Chih-chang --
"Poems of reflection on the vicissitudes of life" / Ch'en Tzu-ang --
"Climbing the stork pavilion" / Wang Chih-huan--
"Seeking out Master Chan on Incense Mountain" ; "Spring dawn" ; "Passing Seven-League Rapids" / Meng Hao-jan --
"Silent at her window" / Wang Ch'ang-ling --
"Climbing Pien-chüeh Temple" ; "Second song for the worship of the goddess at Yü Mountain : 'bidding the goddess farewell'" ; "Deer enclosure" / Wang Wei. Verse. Classical poetry. "To Meng Hao-jan" ; "Up into the clouds music" ; "Late bloomer at the front of my garden" ; "To send to Tu Fu as a joke" ; " Drinking alone in the moonlight" (No. 1) ; "Autumn cove" "Viewing the waterfall at Mount Lu" ; "Still night thoughts" ; "Poems in an old style" / Li Po --
"The streets of Ch'ang-an" / Ch'u Kuang-hsi --
"Rejoicing that the Zen Master Pao has arrived from Dragon Mountain" ; "Sent to the Taoist of Dragon Mountain, Hsü Fa-leng" / Liu Chang-ch'ing --
"Spring view" ; "A guest arrives" ; "Journey north" ; "Recruiting officer of Shih-hao" ; "Seven songs written while living at T'ung-ku in 759" ; "Thinking of my little boy" ; "Jade Flower Palace" ; " At the sky's end, thinking of Li Po" / Tu Fu --
"Maple Bridge night mooring" / Chang Chi --
"A song of the Running Horse River : presented on saying farewell to the army going on campaign to the west" / Ts'en Shen --
"In illness, dismissing my singing girl" / Ssu-k'ung Shu --
"On failing the examination" / Meng Chiao --
"The girl of Mount Hua" / Han Yü --
"Wind" ; "Listening to a monk play the reed pipes" ; "Lotus-gathering boat" / Hsüeh T'ao --
"River snow" / Liu Tsung-yüan --
"Presented to the Taoist paragon Mao" / Cheng Huan --
"Apotheosis" / Wu Yün --
[Untitled poems] / Cold Mountain --
"Looking for a recluse but failing to find him" / Chia Tao --
"Pitying the farmer" / Li Shen --
"To patriarch Sun at Hua-yang Grotto" / Li Te-yü --
"At Ch'ang-ku, reading : to show to my man Pa" ; "My man Pa replies" ; "Ravine on a cold evening" / Li Ho --
"The robe of golden thread" / Autumn Maid Tu --
"Red embankment" / Tu Mu --
"Boasting of my son" ; "Master Chia" ; "Alone by the autumn river" / Li Shang-yin --
"Impromptu on a hangover" / P'i Jih-hsiu --
"Oxhead Temple" / Ssu-k'ung T'u --
"On a visit to Ch'ung-chen Taoist Temple I see in the south hall the list of successful candidates in the imperial examinations" / Yü Hsüan-chi --
"A locust wood mallet for papermaking" / Lin Pu. Verse. Classical poetry. "Sharing lodging with Hsieh Shih-hou in the library of the Hsü family and being much bothered by the noise of rats" ; "Shih-hou pointed out to me that from ancient times there had never been a poem on the subject of lice, and urged me to try writing one" ; "Sad remembrance" ; "The dappled horse" ; "Marrying again" ; "An offering for the cat" / Mei Yao-ch'en --
"Bald mountain" ; "Confiscating salt" / Wang An-shih --
"White Crane Hill" ; "Who says a painting must look like life?" ; " When Yü-k'o painted bamboo" ; "Reading the poetry of Meng Chiao" ; "Black clouds--spilled ink" ; "Lament of the farm wife of Wu" ; "Eastern slope" / Su Shih --
"To go with Shih K'o's painting of an old man tasting vinegar" / Huang T'ing-chien --
"Written on a cold evening" ; "Don't read books!" ; " Watching a village festival" ; "Songs of depression" (two selections) / Yang Wan-li --
"Blue rapids" ; "At Ta-an I got sick from wine--" ; "The merchant's joy" ; "Written in a carefree mood" ; "The stone on the hilltop" ; "To show to my sons" / Lu Yu --
"Chin-ling post station" / Wen T'ien-hsiang --
"Miscellaneous poem on rural life" / Liu Yin --
"To a pyrotechnist" / Chao Meng-fu --
"Shipboard song" / Yüan Chüeh --
"Mating" / Yang Wei-chen --
"Inscribed on a painting by myself" / Ni Tsan --
"The merchant's joy" / Chang Yü --
"To a hermit in the mountains" ; "Saying goodbye to a monk from Japan" / Hsü Pen --
"Written on seeing the flowers, and remembering my daughter" ; "The song of the man of Green Hill" ; "Silkworm song of torchlit fields" / Kao Ch'i --
"On the hall of precious virtue" ; "Night rain : a wall collapses" Yang Shih-ch'i --
"Song of cursive calligraphy" / Hsieh Chin --
[Written on a landscape painting in an album] ; "The Taoist Huang has died of alcoholism" / Shen Chou --
"On a painting of fish being caught, a song" / Li Tung-yang --
"Inscribed on the doors of my bookshelves" / Yang Hsün-chi --
"A fan from Korea" / Chu Yün-ming --
"Ballad of selling a child" / Wang Chiu-ssu --
"Ballad of the government granary clerk" / Ho Ching-ming --
[Title lost] / Huang Ĕ. Verse. Classical poetry. "A trip to a mountain village" ; "A parable" ; "Earthquake" ; On the cold food festival, entertaining at the southern estate--the guests were Li Chiu-ho, Ma Nan-yeh, Wei Tung-kao, Li Hu-ch'uan, Huang K'ung-ts'un, Li Lung-t'ang, and Hu Hu-shan" ; "Watching the swinging" ; "Sent to the master physician, 'Almond Orchard' Shih" ; "Thanking Doctor Jen" / Li K'ai-hsien --
"A Buddhist monk cut and burned his own flesh to make the rains stop--a man from his native place asked me to write a poem to send to him" ; "A kite" / Hsü Wei --
"Song of selling flowers" / Tsung Ch'en --
"Saying good-bye to a singing girl who has decided to become a nun" ; "To the monk Wu-hsia on the occasion of his editing the Lotus sūtra" / Mo Shih-lung --
from "Twenty-two quatrains on receiving the obituary notice for my son Shih-ch'ü". "On the day of washing the Buddha in the year ting-wei (1607), I dreamed that my late son Shih-ch'ü was holding a book and appeared to be quite happy. He said that he had earned his chin-shih degree in the underworld. After we sighed and laughed together for a long time, I woke up and wrote this poem" / T'ang Hsien-tsu --
"The 'slowly, slowly' poem" ; "On receiving my letter of termination" / Yüan Hung-tao --
"The broken lampstand" / Wu Wei-yeh --
"The grain-barge wife" / Wu Chia-chi --
"Singing of the source of holy church" / Wu LI --
"Composed at the west wall of Tsou-p'ing three days after the Festival of Pure Brightness" ; "After snow, longing for elder brother Hsi-ch'iao" ; "Ch'ai-kuan Mountain Pass" ; "Medicine" ; "Pure sound pavilion" / Wang Shih-chen --
"Lines in praise of a self-chiming clock" / K'ang-hsi --
"Song of surfing on the bore" / Cheng Hsieh --
"On the way to Pa-ling" ; "Miscellaneous feelings in the Sui Garden" / Yüan Mei. Lyrics and arias. [untitled poem] / Li Po --
Four lyrics from Tun-huang ; [untitled poems] / Anonymous --
A reminiscence / Po Chü-yi --
A spring lyric after Po Chü-yi / Liu Yü-hsi --
[untitled poem] / Wen T'ing-yün --
[untitled poems] / Wei Chuang --
[untitled poem] / Mao Wen-hsi --
[untitled poem] / Ou-yang Chiung --
Autumn boudoir ; A reminiscence ; [untitled poems] / Li Yü --
Sadness of parting ; [untitled poem] / Liu Yung --
[untitled poems] / Fan Chung-yen --
[untitled poems] ; A reminiscence / Yen Shu --
[untitled poems] / Ou-yang Hsiu --
Hunting at Mi-chou ; Written while banished to Huang-chou ; [untitled poems] / Su Shih --
Tea ; [untitled poems] / Huang T'ing-chien --
A spring morning ; Bidding adieu ; Peach blossom springs ; [untitled poems] / Ch'in Kuan --
[untitled poem] / Li Chih-yi --
[untitled poem] / Chu Tun-ju --
Naivete ; [untitled poem] ; A dream ; I smell the fragrance of faded plum blossoms by my pillow ; Spring thoughts ; To the cassia flower ; [untitled poem] ; Lantern festival ; Despair ; Spring ends / Li Ch'ing-chao --
A reminiscence / Ch'en Yü-yi --
About to swear off drinking, he warns the wine cup to go away ; Rural life ; En route to Po-shan ; Written on a wall en route to Po-shan ; At Po-shan monastery ; For a friend ; Visiting the rainy crag alone ; [untitled poem] / Hsin Ch'i-chi --
Rain just over on the night of the lantern preview ; A reminiscence / Wu Wen-ying --
[untitled poem] / Chang Yen --
The refusal to get old / Kuan Han-ch'ing --
Country cousin at the theater / Tu Shan-fu --
Autumn thoughts / Ma Chih-yüan --
[untitled poem] / Chang Yang-hao --
My love / Kuan Yün-shih --
To the giant butterfly ; Long haired little dog ; Fat couple / Wang Ho-ch'ing --
[untitled poem] / Anonymous --
To a flea / Yang Na --
Twitting the teller of tall tales / Anonymous --
[untitled poem] / Anonymous --
[untitled poem] / Yün-k'an Tzu --
"Lazy cloud's nest" 1 and 2 / Ali Hsiying --
[untitled poem] / Yang Shen --
Thinking of someone / Li Shih --
From music of harmonious heaven in reverent thanks to the Lord of Heaven / Wu Li --
I rejoice to meet a friend visiting at my rustic study / Ch'iao Lai --
In memoriam ; [untitled poems] / Nara Singde --
[untitled poems] / Wang Kuo-wei. Elegies and rhapsodies. "Heavenly questions" / Ch'ü Yüan --
"The wind" / Sung Yü --
"The owl" / Chia Yi --
"Sir Fantasy" / Ssu-ma Hsiang-ju --
"Seven stimuli" / Mei Ch'eng --
"Rhapsody on whistling" / Ch'eng-kung Sui --
"The return" / T'ao Ch'ien --
"Rhymeprose on the sword gallery" / Li Po --
Red Cliff rhapsodies" 1 and 2 / Su Shih. Folk and folklife songs, ballads, and narrative verse. "Song of the great wind" / Liu Pang --
"Cock-phoenix, hen-phoenix" / Ssu-ma Hsiang-ju --
"Ground-thumping song" / Anonymous --
"A song" / Li Yen-nien --
"We have chosen a timely day" / Anonymous --
"Lost horizon" / Hsi-chün --
"Song of the Viet boatman" ; "Mulberry up the lane" / Anonymous --
from the "Nineteen old poems". ""Green, green riverside grass" ; "Frail, frail lone-growing bamboo" / Anonymous --
"They fought south of the wall" ; "Crows on the city walls / Anonymous --
"Watering horses at a long wall hole" / Anonymous, or attributed to Ts'ai Yung --
"I watered my horse at the long wall caves" / Ch'en Lin --
"Song on enduring the cold" / Ts'ao Ts'ao --
"Pity me!" / Fu Hsüan --
"Midnight songs" ; "A peacock southeast flew" / Anonymous --
"Magic cinnabar" ; "Going out through the north gate of Chi, a ballad" / Pao Chao --
"Added to a letter sent to a traveler" / Pao Ling-hui --
"The ballad of Mulan" / Anonymous --
"Song of the Tölös" / Hulü Chin --
"Song of the breaking of the willow" / Anonymous --
"Army ballad" / Wang Wei --
"The song of lasting regret" / Po Chü-yi --
"Iranian whirling girls" / Po Chü-yi and Yüan Chen --
"Poem of medicine puns" / Anonymous --
"Ballad on the investigation of a disaster" / Yao Chen --
"The half-and-half song" / Li Mi-an --
"Mountain songs" / Feng Meng-lung --
"A lament for fortune's frailty" / Chiu Tsz-yung --
"Ballad of the maiden of Lan-ling" / Chin Ho. Prose. Documents. from the Classic of documents. "The great announcement" / Anonymous --
"The contract for a youth" / Wang Pao --
History. from The commentary of Mr. Tso. "Two brothers of Cheng and the mother who doted on the younger" / Tso Ch'iu-ming --
from History of the Han. "The passing of Kung Sheng" / Pan Ku --
from The secret history of the Mongols. "Činggis Qahan subdues the Naiman" / Anonymous --
Moral lessons. Exemplary sayings, chapter 2 / Yang Hsiung --
Lessons for women / Pan Chao --
Parallel prose. "Memorial of indictment against Liu Cheng" / Jen Fang --
Preface to "Ascending the pavilion of King T'eng in Hung-chou on an autumn day for a parting feast" / Wang Po --
Letters. "Letter to Han Ching-chou" / Li Po --
"Letter in reply to Liu Yi-chang" / Tsung Ch'en --
Prefaces and postfaces. Postface to Explanation of simple and compound graphs / Hsü Shen --
Preface to Collected poems from the Orchid Pavilion / Wang Hsi-chih --
Preface to the "Foolish brook poems" / Liu Tsung-yüan --
Postface to a catalog on a collection of bronze and stone inscriptions / Li Ch'ing-chao --
Discourses, essays, and sketches. "Discourse on nourishing life" / Hsi K'ang --
"The peach blossom spring" / T'ao Ch'ien --
An explication of "Progress in learning" / Han Yü --
"The three zithers" ; "A record of the pavilion of an intoxicated old man" / Ou-yang Hsiu --
from Brush talks from dream brook. ["On possession by a spirit"] ; ["On a UFO"] / Shen Kua --
"The relic of King Aśoka Temple" ; "Liu Ching-t'ing the storyteller" ; from Dream memories of West Lake. "Professional matchmakers" / Chang Tai --
"Account of a peach-stone boat" / Wei Hsüeh-yi --
"The vocal mimic" / Lin Ssu-huan --
from The arts of living. "The arts of sleeping, walking, sitting, and standing" / Li Yü --
"Thoughts upon student Huang's borrowing of books" / Yüan Mei --
"Mr. Jan cooks his dog" / Ts'ui Shu. Prose. Travelogues and scenic descriptions. "A poem on wandering at the stone gate" / Laymen of Mount Lu associated with Hui-yüan --
from The record of the monasteries of Loyang. "The establishment of the White Horse Temple" / Yang Hsüan-chih --
from Diary of a boat trip to Wu. "A climb up Mount Omei" / Fan Ch'eng-ta --
from Reminiscences of Wu-lin. "Observing the tidal bore" / Chou Mi --
Miscellanea. Fan Sheng-chih's book, chapter 1 : "Basic principles of farming" / Fan Sheng-chih --
from "Miscellanies, secret h". A fragment / Anonymous --
"Li Shang-yin's miscellany" / Li Shang-yin --
Lay student notations from Tun-huang / Anonymous --
"That which is mandated by heaven is called nature" / Ch'ü Ching-ch'un --
from Three customs and ten sins. A fragment on fashions in cuisine / Anonymous --
Jokes --
Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. "The biography of Ching K'o" / Ssu-ma Ch'ien --
from History of the former Han. "The biography of a wandering knight : Kuo Hsieh" / Pan Ku --
from History of the three kingdoms. "The biography of Hua-t'o" / Ch'en Shou --
Physicians cannot raise the dead" / Yeh Meng-te --
"The autobiography of instructor Lu" / Lu Yü --
"Biography of the child Ou Chi" / Liu Tsung-yüan --
"Biography of a girl surnamed Chao" / P'i Jih-hsiu --
"The biography of A-liu" / Lu Jung --
"The biography of actor Ma" / Hou Fang-yü --
from Six chapters of a floating life. Chapters 1 and 3 / Shen Fu --
Fictional and fictionalized biographies and autobiographies. "The biography of Fur Point" / Han Yü --
"Biography of the vagrant of rivers and lakes" / Lu Kuei-meng --
"Biography of the gentleman with no name" / Shao Yung. Fiction. Rhetorical persuasions, parables, and allegories. Intrigues of the warring states / compiled by Liu Hsiang --
"Discourse on a thoroughbred" / Liu Yü-hsi --
"The donkey of Ch'ien" / Liu Tsung-yüan --
Anecdotal fiction. A new account of tales of the world / Liu Yi-ch'ing --
Tales of the strange. Biographies of transcendents / Liu Hsiang --
Preface to and tales from Search for the supernatural / Kan Pao --
"Ou Ching-chih and the corpse eater" / Tsu Ch'ung-chih --
from The record of the listener. "The office of the record-keeper in Hsiu-chou" / Hung Mai --
Biographies of transcendents / Huan-ch'u --
Strange tales from Make-Do Studio / P'u Sung-ling --
Prefaces to and tales from Sketches from the cottage for the contemplation of subtleties / Chi Yün --
Classical-language short stories. "Tu Tzu-ch'un" / Anonymous --
from Records of the western regions. "The vigil of the champion" / Hsüan-tsang --
"Liu Yi, or, Tale of the transcendent marriage of Tung-t'ing Lake" / Li Ch'ao-wei --
"The story of Ying-ying" / Yüan Chen --
"An account of the governor of the southern branch" / Li Kung-tso. Fiction. Vernacular short stories. "The shrew : sharp-tongued Ts'ui-lien" / Anonymous --
"The canary murders" / Feng Meng-lung --
"Wine within wine : old nun Chao plucks a frail flower; craft within craft : the scholar Chia gains sweet revenge" / Ling Men-ch'u --
"The female Ch'en P'ing saves her life with seven ruses" / Li Yü --
Novels. Romance of the three kingdoms, chapters 45 and 46 / Anonymous --
The journey to the west, chapter 7 / Wu Ch'eng-en --
Gold vase plum, chapter 12 / Anonymous --
from Water margin. "Wu Sung fights the tiger" / Anonymous, with commentary by Chin Sheng-t'an --
The scholars, chapter 3 / Wu Ching-tzu --
from Dream of red towers. "A burial mound for flowers" ; "One Smear Wang" / Ts'ao Hsüeh-ch'in --
from The romance of the flowers in the mirror. "The women's kingdom" / Li Ju-chen --
The travels of Lao Ts'an, chapters 1 and 2 / Liu T'ieh-yün. Oral and performing arts. Prosimetric storytelling and its written derivatives. "Transformation text on Mahāmaudgalyāyana rescuing his mother from the underworld" ; "Transformation text on the boy Shun's extreme filial piety" / Anonymous --
from Ballad of the hidden dragon. "How Liu Chih-yüan bade San-niang good-bye and joined the army in T'ai-yüan" / Anonymous --
Master Tung's western chamber romance, chapter 2 / Tung Chieh-yüan --
The story of how the monk Tripiṭaka of the great country of T'ang brought back the sütras ; Expository tale on King Wu's expedition against Chou, scroll 1 / Anonymous --
Drama. The monk Pu-tai and the character for patience / Cheng T'ing-yü --
Injustice to Tou Ŏ, act 3 / Kuan Han-ch'ing --
The lute, scene 33 / Kao Ming --
from The lichee and the mirror / Anonymous --
The peony pavilion, scene 7 / T'ang Hsien-tsu --
The peach blossom fan / K'ung Shang-jen --
from a popular drama. "The mortal thoughts of a nun" / Anonymous.
Series Title: Translations from the Asian classics.
Responsibility: Victor H. Mair, editor.


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