The Plum in the Golden Vase: Gathering v. 1: Or Chin P'ing Mei - Princeton Library of Asian Translations (Paperback)

by David Tod Roy

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In this first of a planned five-volume set, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous "Chin P'ing Mei", an anonymous sixteenth-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 in a world-historical context.

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