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Description - The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume One by David Tod Roy

In the first volume of a five-volume set, the author provides a complete and annotated translation of the "Chin P'ing Mei", an anonymous 16th-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form - not only from a specifically Chinese perspective, but also in a world-historical context.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691016146
ISBN-10: 0691016143
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 203mm x mm)
Pages: 520
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 17-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Tod Roy

David Tod Roy (1933-2016) was professor emeritus of Chinese literature at the University of Chicago. His monumental five-volume translation of the Chin P'ing Mei was completed in 2013.