This dual-language compilation of seven complete major works and many shorter pieces from the Confucian period through the Ch’ing dynasty will be indispensable to students of Chinese literature. Stephen Owen’s masterful translations and commentaries have opened up Chinese literary thought to theorists and scholars of other languages.
In addition to its intrinsic value for the study and appreciation of Chinese thought and literature, Owen’s book, which is sure to have a significant impact on a wide audience outside Sinological circles, should do much to raise awareness of creative and critical works of Chinese literature among general students of literature and nonspecialists in Chinese studies.
A monumental work of scholarship that will prove invaluable for both research and teaching… Owen has selected texts that are central to the Chinese tradition and provided lucid and insightful commentaries.
Stephen Owen is James Bryant Conant University Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University.