Fusek, Lois, translator.
Title AMONG THE FLOWERS: THE HUA-CHIEN CHI.
Publisher Columbia University Press, New York, 1982.
Seller ID 21092
232 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0231049870 " 'Among the Flowers', the 'Hua-chien chi', was compiled about 940 by Chao Ch'ung-tso, a minor official at the court of the Later Shu. The majority of the eighteen poets represented in th is anthology were natives of the state of Shu, in what is now Szechuan Province, during this turbulent period. 'Among the Flowers' marks the emergence of a new and subsequently very influential genre in Chinese poetry, the lyric tz'u. For m a l l y , t h e tz'u is a text set to a musical compostion; thematically, the tz'u is a poetry of sensuous appeal. The 'flowers' of the title are the courtesans and singing girls who are the center of interest in this poetic world. Love - in it s ma ny a sp ec t s - is the common subject of the lyrics collected here; love is evoked in a consistent and highly nuanced pattern of imagery." Interior - previous owner's chop (stamp) on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other owners hi p m ark s. Ex ter io r - minor rubbing, minor edge wear, minor corner curl. Very Good