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Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio: Eerie and Fantastic Chinese Stories of the Supernatural

Pu Songling Herbert A Giles Victoria Cass



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01 February 2017
Horror & ghost stories
Long considered a masterpiece of the eerie and fantastic, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio is a collection of supernatural-themed tales compiled from ancient Chinese folk stories by Songling Pu in the eighteenth century. These tales of ghosts, magic, vampirism, and other things bizarre and fantastic are an excellent Chinese companion to Lafcadio Hearn's well-known collections of Japanese ghost stories Kwaidan and In Ghostly Japan. Already a true classic of Chinese literature and of supernatural tales in general, this new edition of the Herbert A. Giles translation converts the work to Pinyin for the first time and includes a new foreword by Victoria Cass that properly introduces the book to both readers of Chinese literature and of hair-raising tales best read with the lights turned low on a quiet night.
By:   Pu Songling
Foreword by:   Victoria Cass
Translated by:   Herbert A Giles
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   431g
ISBN:   9780804849081
ISBN 10:   0804849080
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   01 February 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<b>Songling Pu</b>, 1640u1715, was an author of China's Qing Dynasty. He spent the bulk of his life working as a private tutor, during which time he collected the stories that were to be published to great acclaim as Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. <b>Herbert A. Giles</b> (1845u1935) was one of the most acclaimed sinologists of his era and the Chair of Chinese at Cambridge. He is one of the creators of the Wade-Giles system of romanization, the author of several Chinese-English dictionaries, and translator of numerous classics, such as Gems of Chinese Literature and Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. <b>Victoria B. Cass</b> received her doctorate in Chinese language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Dangerous Women, Warriors, Grannies and Geishas of the Ming and In the Realm of the Gods, Lands, Myths, and Legends of China.

Reviews for Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio: Eerie and Fantastic Chinese Stories of the Supernatural

...Strange Tales does stand in the tradition of rusticated scholars in East Asia collecting the folklore of their home region, a tradition stretching back perhaps two thousand years. Consequently, it is an important source of raw material for anyone looking for comparative, historic information from eastern Asia. --The Folklore Society

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