Stories from a Ming Collection: The Art of the Chinese Storyteller

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The popularity of the Chinese storyteller goes back to the marketplace of the T ang dynasty, but the familiar figure came into its own in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This selection of stories from Feng Menglong s collection, Stories Old and New (originally published in 1624), includes representative types of the storyteller s traditional art. The Pearl-Sewn Shirt is a cautionary romance describing the tragedy of a broken marriage; the heroic biography, which depicts a neglected man of high worth gradually ...

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