Originally written as a series of lectures, Professor Wilt Idema published a version of this book in Dutch in 1985, and Lloyd Haft translated it into English. The present edition, coauthored by Idema and Haft, is an extensively revised and expanded version of the earlier one bringing the discussion of modern Chinese literature up into the early 1990s. As might be expected in any work endeavoring to address 3,000 years of Chinese literature in 300 pages and 28 chapters, much of the Guide reads like a catalogue of famous authors and their works. A detailed table of contents offers the reader a synopsis of the genres, works, and authors elaborated in the text, as well as an outline of the development of Chinese literature.
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