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 for 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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