AndrA(c) LA(c)vy provides a "picture of Chinese literature of the past" that brilliantly illustrates the four great literary genres of China: the classics, prose, poetry, and the literature of entertainment. His discussion of approximately 120 vivid translations combines personal insights with innovative historical accounts in a genre-based approach that moves beyond the typical chronology of dynasties. Renowned scholar William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translated LA(c)vy's work from the French and returned to the original Chinese for the texts. This informative, engaging, and eminently readable introduction to the three millennia of traditional Chinese literature is highly recommended for students and general readers.
"A concise and elegant account of pre-modern Chinese literature... The translations ... are fresh, uncluttered, and vivid." Journal of the American Oriental Society "Provides an insightful overview of traditional Chinese literature, and is especially recommended for general readers and beginning students." China Quarterly "As a general introduction for the lay reader ... Chinese Literature, Ancient and Classical works well, with the fast-pace and engaging short extracts providing excellent motivation." odannyreviews.com, 11/23/2010