Ancient Chinese classic poems are exquisite works of art. As far as 2,000 years ago, Chinese poets composed the beautiful work Book of Poetry and Elegies of the South, Later, they created more splendid Tang poetry and Song lyrics. Such classic works as Thus Spoke the Master and Laws: Divine and Human were extremely significant in building and shaping the culture of the Chinese nation. These works are both a cultural bond linking the thoughts and affections of Chinese people and an important bridge for Chinese culture and the world. Mr. Xu Yuanchong has been engaged in translation for 70 years. In December 2010, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Translation conferred by the Translators Association of China (TAC). He is honored as the only expert who translates Chinese poems into both English and French. After his excellent interpretation, many Chinese classic poems have been further refined into perfect English and French rhymes. This collection of Classical Chinese Poetry and Prose gathers his most representative English translations. It includes the classic works Thus Spoke the Master, Laws: Divine and Human and dramas such as Romance of the Western Bower, Dream in Peony Pavilion, Love in Long-life Hall and Peach Blossom Painted with Blood. The largest part of the collection includes the translation of selected poems from different dynasties. The selection includes various types of poems, lyrics and Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasty songs. The selected works start from the pre-Qin era to the Qing Dynasty, covering almost the entire history of classic poems in China. Reading these works is like tasting ""living water from the source"" of Chinese culture. We hope this collection will help English readers ""know, love and appreciate"" Chinese classic poems, share the intelligence of Confucius and Lao Tzu, share the gracefulness of Tang Dynasty poems, Song lyrics and classic operas and songs and promote exchanges between Eastern and Western culture.
Xu Yuanchong (许渊冲). Born in Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province in 1921, he graduated from the Southwest Associated University and Université de Paris. Mr. Xu is a professor of literary translation at Peking University. His English publications include On Chinese Verse in English Rhyme and Vanished Springs. In addition to Songs of the Immortals published by Penguin Books, he has translated many Chinese literary classics into English or French, such as Book of Poetry, Elegies of the South, 300 Tang Poems, 300 Song Lyrics, Selected Poems of Li Bai, Poems and Lyrics of Su Dongpo, Romance of Western Bower and The Selected Poems of Mao Zedong. He has also translated some world literary classics, such as Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, into Chinese. Prof. Xu won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Translation conferred by the Translators Association of China (TAC) in 2010, and won the “Aurora Borealis” Prize for Outstanding Translation of Fiction Literature, conferred by the Federation of International Translators (FIT) in 2014.
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