Annal: 1977 National Book Award for Translation

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1977.

Book:Master Tung's Western Chamber Romance

Master Tung's Western Chamber Romance

Chieh-Yuan Tung, Li-Li Chen

This twelfth century masterpiece suffered virtual oblivion from the late fourteenth century until 1912, when it was rediscovered by the great sinologist Wang Kuo-wei who helped restore it to its preeminent position in Chinese literature. Comprising 184 prose passages and 5,263 lines of verse to be narrated and sung by a performing singer-storyteller, it is an elaboration of the T´ang dynasty love story, The Story of Ying-ying, by Yuan Chen (779-831).

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