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- DescriptionWritten in 1699 and based on the recollections of survivors, The Peach Blossom Fan is a grand historical play about the last days of the Ming dynasty as it fell to the invading Manchus. With compelling vividness, K'ung re-creates confrontations between loyalists and those who sell out to the newest master; stalgic scenes of dalliance in riverside pavilions; desperate stands on battlements; and rituals of commemoration for the lost empire. Here are gallant generals and sycophantic ministers, court musicians and singing girls, and the love of a talented scholar and a beautiful courtesan. Immensely popular in its own time, The Peach Blossom Fan continues to be performed and has been adapted into films, operas, and modern theater pieces. Until w, this lively translation has been out of print for almost four decades.
- Author BiographyK'ung Shang-jen (1646-1718), descended directly, in the sixty-fourth generation, from Confucius, was a collector of antiques and an authority on ancient rites and music. A doctor of the Imperial Academy, he was dismissed from his post for writing The Peach Blossom Fan. Chen Shih-hsiang (1912-1971) was a professor of Chinese and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his books are The Genesis of Poetic Time and, with Harold Acton, Modern Chinese Poetry. Harold Acton (1904-1994) was a prolific English writer who moved to Beijing in 1932, collaborating on many translations, until the outbreak of the war forced him to leave in 1939. Cyril Birch is a translator and the Agassiz Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Judith T. Zeitlin is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her current research is oriented toward the performing and visual arts and her most recent book is The Phantom Heroine: Ghosts and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature.
- Author(s)Jonathan Spence,K'ung Shang-jen
- PublisherThe New York Review of Books, Inc
- Date of Publication24/09/2015
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe New York Review of Books, Inc
- Weight377 g
- Width135 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine133 mm
- Translated byChen Shih-Hsiang,Harold Acton,Cyril Birch
- Introduction byJudith T. Zeitlin
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