The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Vol. 1, The Gathering

The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Vol. 1, The Gathering

Book Title: The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Vol. 1, The Gathering

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691016143

Release Date: 1997-04-06


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The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Vol. 1, The Gathering

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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.