Great Books of China
Discover – or rediscover – the major achievements of Chinese culture and civilization.
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The literature of China remains largely unknown in the West, yet it offers much insight into Chinese life. The long continuity of Chinese culture means that texts created more than two thousand years ago are still part of the education and background of today’s China. Great Books of China introduces outstanding texts of various genres, including fiction, drama, and poetry; history, science, and travel. These works were written by philosophers and artists, government officials and rulers, men and women across many dynasties and from every part of China. The great books are presented in their historic, cultural, and social context, with a focused summary of their content, and information about the author.
Beginning with some of the classics of the Confucian canon and ending with modern fiction, Great Books of China features the famous novels of the fourteenth century and later times; sacred texts including the Daode jing and the Lotus sutra; poetry from around 1000 BCE through the eighth century CE and beyond.
Frances Wood is a well-known historian and author of China and Chinese culture and was, for many years, head of the Chinese collections at the British Library.