The Palace of Eternal Youth

9780835100632

The Palace of Eternal Youth

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The Palace of Eternal Youth is one of the most remarkable dramas in Chinese literature. It was written by Hong Sheng (1645-1705) in 1688, during the early years of Qing (Manchu) Dynasty. It is a tragedy which takes as its theme the love between Emperor Ming Huang of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and his favorite concubine Yang Yuhuan. For a thousand years this love story captured the imagination of poets, storytellers and dramatists, who used it over and over again in their works until it became one of the most popular historical romances in China. Though Hong Sheng’s opera won immediate popularity and created a sensation in the literary world when it was published, the Manchu rulers distrusted it due to the nationalistic spirit which pervaded it. To this day, however, the opera is considered one of the most beloved stories in the Chinese theatrical tradition. This English translation, expertly rendered by noted translators Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang, remains the standard and the most accessible to scholars and general readers.

Additional Information

Weight 1.8 lbs
ISBN

9780835100632

ISBN-13

9780835100632

Publisher

China Books

Year Published

2013

Size

6 x 9

Pages

328

Language

English

Cover

Paperback

Author

Hong Sheng

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