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The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature

VICTOR MAIR, ED. NEW YORK: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1995 (PAPER, 1996) XXXVII + 1325 PAGES This fine anthology by a first-rate scholar may soon become standard fare in courses in Chinese or Asian literature. Indeed, Mair states that the book is directed to teachers and students (xxxvi). There have been several comparable anthologies, most dominated by poetry. This wide-ranging work extends to many genres, and has thus been precedented only by Cyril Birch’s aging two-volume Anthology of Ch...