The Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical
Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope,
large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and
social structures of 18th century China and is considered by many
to be the pinnacle of the classical Chinese novel.The "Red Chamber"
is an expression used to describe the sheltered area where the
daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived. Believed to be based
on the author's own life and intended as a memorial to the women
that he knew in his youth, The Dream of the Red Chamber is a
multilayered story that offers up key insights into Chinese
culture."Henry Bencraft Joly's attention to detail and the
faithfulness in his translation of Hong Lou Meng makes this revised
edition of The Dream of the Red Chamber an excellent book for the
student of modern Chinese." -Edwin H. Lowe, from his
introduction"...this partial version certainly deserves a wider
readership, as a brave early skirmish on the outer ramparts of this
masterpiece. The re-issuing of Joly's work will undoubtedly provide
a rich crop of fascinating raw material for the growing community
of Translation Studies scholars." -John Minford, from his foreword
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