Great Literature of the Eastern World: The Major Works of Prose, Poetry and Drama from China, India, Japan, Korea and the Middle East

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Great Literature of the Eastern World is an authoritative guide to over 1,000 of the most noteworthy literary works of China, India, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. Descriptive essays by prominent Asian scholarsone for each work coveredprovide an insightful introduction to the major novels, short stories, poetry, essays and drama of Asia.

In addition to providing an incisive critical account of the content and style of each work, the entries include basic biographical informationpreparing the interested reader for the experience of enjoying the work in translation. Recommendations for the best translations as well as suggestions for further reading are also provided.

Great Literature of the Eastern World is an entertaining and reliable source of essential information about the major literary works which, over a period of more than 3,000 years, have expressed the unique spirit and mind of the Asian world.

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Ian P. McGreal received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University. Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, he has also taught at Brown, Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland. His books include The Art of Making Choices, Analyzing Philosophical Arguments, Problems of Ethics, Great Thinkers of the Western World and Great Thinkers of the Eastern World. In association with Frank N. Magill, he edited Masterpices of World Philosophy, Masterpieces of Christian Literature and Masterpieces of Christian Spirituality.

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With the help of about 50 other scholars, McGreal, the editor of two "great thinkers" compendia (e.g., Great Thinkers of the East, HarperCollins, 1995), has compiled facts about the major prose, poetry, and drama of China, India, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. Each area is covered from ancient times to about 1950 and thus includes only the highlights. China gets the largest share (34 entries), starting from the Shijing (10th century B.C.) up to the fiction of Lao She (1899-1966), with Japan a close second (28 entries). Given its long literary history, the Middle East is shortchanged (18 entries), although Korea has the fewest entries (nine) because its literature was usually written in Chinese or was oral until relatively recently. Religious scripture (the Vedas in India and the Qur'an, for example) also become literary works. Each entry contains basic facts, major themes, a summary, an annotated list of major translations, and an annotated list of related studies about the author or work. Although uneven, this compendium should be a valuable reference for any student of Eastern literature; it will also serve as a great crib sheet.?Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, New York
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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