For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Love Tales of Ancient China
  • X. L. Woo
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Love Tales of Ancient China.
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Digging into Chinese folktales, Mr. Woo tells us stories about falling in love in a world that is distant in time and place, distinct in culture and expectations, each with a touch of the exotic. In these tales dating from the Han Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty, dramas unfold in the Imperial palace, along the back roads, and in gardens perfumed with the scent of peony blossoms in the moonlight.  


About the Author

X. L. Woo has published a series of narrative histories of China with Algora Publishing. Mr. Woo graduated from the prestigious Zhongshan University (Sun Yat-Sen University) in Guangzhou, China, and taught English at East China Normal University in Shanghai for more than ten years, then came to the United States on a visiting professorship at Rutgers University. A bilingual writer and poet, he has published four books in Chinese and several books in English. His essays and columns in Chinese are published in US Chinese newspapers, and one of his novels was published in a local Chinese newspaper in serial form. His translations of poems from both English into Chinese and Chinese into English have been published in magazines in China and Hong Kong.

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Gathered together for the first time in English, seventeen love stories from China bring to the American reader characters well-known through Chinese literature as well as movies and drama. In the feudal society of ancient China, relationships...

Gathered together for the first time in English, seventeen love stories from China bring to the American reader characters well-known through Chinese literature as well as movies and drama. In the feudal society of ancient China, relationships were often based on duty more than the bidding of one's heart. Yet the imagination is always full of possibility, and here, misty mountains, mysterious pagodas, butterflies and genies set the scene where a beautiful smile can work its magic.

Some stories that promise a wonderful life ahead end in sudden betrayal and tragedy; some that seem to be heading for disaster end on a beautiful note. In this collection of Chinese legends, dynastic intrigues and romantic strategies are revealed in Buddhist temples, riverboat adventures, and humble inns. Queens and courtesans, shop girls and songstresses, cowherds and scholars, warlords and poets: Destiny brings them together in tales from the Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).


Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Imperial Concubine Yang Chapter 2. The Tale of the White Snake Chapter 3. The Karma of Three Smiles Chapter 4. The Tale of Liang and Zhu Chapter 5. Tale o

Chapter 1. Imperial Concubine Yang

Chapter 2. The Tale of the White Snake

Chapter 3. The Karma of Three Smiles

Chapter 4. The Tale of Liang and Zhu

Chapter 5. Tale of the West Chamber

Chapter 6. The Tune of the Phoenix Courting

Chapter 7. The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl

Chapter 8. The Peony Arbor

Chapter 9. Queen Dowager Xuan

Chapter 10. The Tale of Pan Jinlian and the Dwarf

Chapter 11. Qin Xianglian Deserted by Her Husband

Chapter 12. How DuWei Cast Her Jewels Away

Chapter 13. How the Oil Peddler Wooed a Courtesan

Chapter 14. The Tale of Jin Yunu and Her Husband

Chapter 15. Li Shishi and the Emperor

Chapter 16. The Courtesan Who Changed the History of the Ming Dynasty

Chapter 17. The Tale of Esquire Yang and Sweet Cabbage


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Pages 180
Year: 2016
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ISBN: 978-1-62894-204-0
Price: USD 19.95
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