The Grand Scribe's Records, Volume VII

The Grand Scribe's Records, Volume VII

The Memoirs of Pre-Han China
Ssu-ma Ch'ien, edited by William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translated by Tsai-fa Cheng, Lu Zongli, William H. Nienhauser, Jr. and Robert Reynolds, with Chiu-ming Chan
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/1995
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-34027-6
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“The latest volume in the annotated translation of the Shih chi, one of the most important historical works of Ancient China. " . . .The English translation has been done meticulously, with full scholarly apparatus. . . . These volumes are essential library additions." —Choice”

““ . . . an essential source for the study of events in early China, a guide to the moral philosophy of the gentlemen of Han, and a splendid work of literature which may be read for the pleasure of its style and the power of its narrative. . . . This work makes Shi ji and its scholarship accessible to any reader of English, and it is a model for any work in this field and style.” —Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Oxford Journals “Through such work as this, the scholary and literary community of the West will learn more of the splendour and romance of early China, and may better appreciate the lessons in humanity presented by its great historian.” —Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies “. . . Nienhauser’s new translation is scrupulously scholarly . . . the design of this series is nearly flawless. . . the translation itself is very precise . . .” —Chinese Literature, Essays, Articles, Reviews This project will result in the first complete translation (in nine volumes) of the Shih chi (The Grand Scribe’s Records), one of the most important narratives in traditional China. Ssu-ma Ch’ien (145-c.86 B.C.), who compiled the work, is known as the Herodotus of China.”

“This second volume of the ongoing annotated translation of Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Shih chi (The Grand Scribe's Records), widely acknowledged as the most important early Chinese history, contains the "basic annals" of five early Han-dynasty emperors. When completed this translation will bring all 130 chapters of the Shih chi into English. Volumes 1 and 7 were published by Indiana University Press in 1994.”

“With the latest volume in the annotated translation of Ssu-ma Ch’ien’s Shi chi (The Grand Scribe’s Records), we enter the world of the shih chia or “hereditary houses.” Combining myth, anecdote, chronicle, and biography based on early written and oral sources, many no longer extant, the narratives make for compelling reading, as dramatic and readable as any in this grand history.”

“[T]he Grand Scribe's Records volume 8 is a remarkable achievement and an interesting experiment in combining something resembling a traditional Chinese commentarial style with a Western scholarly context. . . . And, as with previous volumes, the intrepid beginner or the careful specialist will find volume 8 to be ahelpful aid to research on the Shiji.”
 — China Review International

“These volumes are most welcome. . . . The English translation has been done meticulously, with full scholarly apparatus. . . . These volumes are essential library additions.”
 — Choice

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