Title: 长生殿 The Palace of Eternal Youth
Compiler: （宋）李昉 Li Fang and others (Song Dynasty)
Series: 大中华文库 Library of Chinese Classics
Publisher: 外文出版社 (Foreign Languages Press)
Language: bilingual classical Chinese (simplified characters), English
Date of Publication: 2007
Number of pages: 1019 pages
Dimensions: 24 x 16 cm
Records of the Taiping Era, compiled during the Taiping Xingguo reign period (976-984) of Emperor Taizong of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), is a collection of about 7,000 stories, dating from the pre-Qin period (770-221 BC) to the early Northern Song Dynasty. The stories, mainly myths and legends, record or recount a variety of strange happenings in a succinct style. The subjects and contents as well as the literary genre thus formed exerted a tremendous influence on the development of classical Chinese novels, and indeed on Chinese literature as a whole. Many writers of later generations have sourced materials for prose and drama works from the Records of the Taiping Era. In addition, thanks to material collected in the records, it has been possible for later generations to gain first-hand knowledge of some 400 lost books and documents.
This book contains 155 of the best-written stories from the Records of the Taiping Era. The Chinese version is the one punctuated and proofread by Wang Shaoying, and published by Zhonghua Book Bureau (Zhonghua Shuju) in 1961, while the English version follows Zhang Guangqian’s translation.
Order No.: 48.0869