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Limited Views: Essays on Ideas and Letters

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This translation of 65 pieces from Qian Zhongshu's Guanzhui bian (Limited Views) makes available for the first time in English a representative selection from Qian's massive four-volume collection of essays and reading notes on the classics of early Chinese literature. Qian Zhongshu (b.1910) is arguably contemporary China's foremost man of letters, and Limited Views is rec ...more
Hardcover, 483 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Harvard University Press
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Qian Zhongshu (November 21, 1910 – December 19, 1998) was a Chinese literary scholar and writer, known for his wit and erudition.

He is best known for his satirical novel Fortress Besieged. His works of non-fiction are characterised by their large amount of quotations in both Chinese and Western languages (including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin). He also played an important
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