Scenes for Mandarins: The Elite Theater of the Ming (Hardcover). Cyril Birch.

Scenes for Mandarins: The Elite Theater of the Ming (Hardcover)

Columbia University Press. 6.0 x 9.25", 262 pp., 9 b/w illustrations reproduced from old Chinese illustrated books, cloth, d.j., New York, 1995. (o.p.; fine). Item #5657
ISBN: 0231102623

In clear and spirited prose, Birch describes the rise and development of the Ming theater, its aesthetic and emotional appeals, and its dramaturgical achievements. Includes translated highlights from six famous plays of the Ming period: The Girl's Washing Silk by Liang Chenyu; The Plantain Kerchief by Shan Ben; The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu; The Green Peony by Wu Bing; and The Swallow Letter by Ruan Dacheng.

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