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Birch, Cyril 1925-

Overview
Works: 75 works in 266 publications in 4 languages and 8,488 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Musical settings  Juvenile works  History  Drama  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Librettist, Other, Author of introduction, ed
Classifications: PL2658.E1, 895.108
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Most widely held works about Cyril Birch
 
Most widely held works by Cyril Birch
Anthology of Chinese literature by Cyril Birch( Book )

in English and held by 1,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents classic Chinese tales of love and morality, marriage and justice, and the strange and supernatural
Studies in Chinese literary genres by Cyril Birch( Book )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese myths and fantasies by Cyril Birch( Book )

22 editions published between 1961 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of eighteen legends and folktales, bringing to life the magic and mystery of China
Stories from a Ming collection. Translations of Chinese short stories published in the seventeenth century by Menglong Feng( Book )

29 editions published between 1958 and 1980 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The popularity of the Chinese storyteller goes back to the marketplace of the T'ang dynasty, but the familiar figure came into its own in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This selection of stories from Feng Menglong's collection, Stories Old and New (originally published in 1624), includes representative types of the storyteller's traditional art. "The Pearl-Sewn Shirt" is a cautionary romance describing the tragedy of a broken marriage; the heroic biography, which depicts a neglected man of high worth gradually receiving recognition, is represented by "Wine and Dumplings"; an authentic twelfth-century forerunner of the detective story is found in "The Canary Murders." The other tales concern traffic in the supernatural, didactic admonitions to observe morality in sex and loyalty in friendship, and realistic accounts of the meanness and corruption of official life. Also includes "The Lady Who Was a Beggar," "The Journey of the Corpse," "The Story of Wu Pao-an," and "The Fairy's Rescue."
The peach blossom fan = Tʻao-hua-shan by Shangren Kong( Book )

9 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 17 th. C. play about the sad decline of the trading dynasties looks nostalgically on an earlier era of wealth in the Yangtze Valley
Chinese Communist literature by Cyril Birch( Book )

10 editions published in 1963 in English and Undetermined and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten papers presented at a conference in England in August, 1962, exploring the history and fate of the arts in Communist China
Scenes for mandarins : the elite theater of the Ming by Cyril Birch( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ming drama represents the classical Chinese theater at its most mature and exquisite. Between 1368 and 1644, more than four hundred playwrights produced over l,500 plays, ranging from one-act skits to massive, operatic works with fifty scenes or more. As a performing art, Ming theater - with its polished singing, enchanting music, fantastic plotting, and intricate choreography - has never been surpassed. In China, well-known Ming plays are common cultural reference points to this day, and favorite scenes still form staples of the classical repertoire. But although a handful of plays have been translated in their entirety, until now there has been no general critical introduction to the subject available to readers in English
Anthology of Chinese literature : from early times to the fourteenth century by Cyril Birch( Book )

43 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents classic Chinese tales of love and morality, marriage and justice, and the strange and supernatural
Mistress & maid : (Jiaohongji) by Chengshun Meng( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Translator Cyril Birch presents a tale regarded as one of the ten greatest tragedies of Chinese drama, available for the first time in English. After her father reneges on her marital pact, Jianiang (named "Bella" in Birch's translation), the mistress of the title, refuses to separate from her lover. The two have vowed to share "in life one room, in death one tomb." The witty subversion of both conventional morality and the arranged marriage makes this seventeenth-century play particularly innovative
The Peony Pavilion : Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a complete English translation of a great love story by Tang Xianzu, perhaps the finest of the Ming dramatists. Cyril Birch and Catherine Swatek reflect upon contemporary performances of the play in light of its history
Bitter love by Dun Tan( Recording )

2 editions published in 1999 in Japanese and English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales from China by Cyril Birch( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of Chinese stories begins with the great legends of how Earth and Heaven came into being, and of how the archer Yi rid the Emperor Yao of the menace of the ten suns. Engrossing folk tales about ghosts and rainmakers, poor students and magicians, and the man who was nearly made into fishpaste flesh out Chinese culture, character, and customs. Throughout all these stories, the author has kept the subtle oriental flavour of the originals, bringing to life all the magic and mystery of China. --Publisher
Anthology of Chinese literature by Cyril Birch( Book )

18 editions published between 1965 and 1977 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The peony pavilion = Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The peach blossom fan by Shangren Kong( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written in 1699 and based on the recollections of survivors, The Peach Blossom Fan is a grand historical play about the last days of the Ming dynasty as it fell to the invading Manchus. With compelling vividness, K'ung re-creates confrontations between loyalists and those who sell out to the newest master; nostalgic scenes of dalliance in riverside pavilions; desperate stands on battlements; and rituals of commemoration for the lost empire. Here are gallant generals and sycophantic ministers, court musicians and singing girls, and the love of a talented scholar and a beautiful courtesan. Immensely popular in its own time, The Peach Blossom Fan continues to be performed and has been adapted into films, operas, and modern theater pieces. This lively translation has been out of print for almost four decades"--
The peony pavilion = Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of Chinese literature by Cyril Birch( Book )

in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mituri şi fantezii chinezeşti by Cyril Birch( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in Romanian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cina : miti e fantasie popolari by Cyril Birch( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of Chinese literature( Book )

in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Scenes for mandarins : the elite theater of the Ming
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Chinese myths and fantasiesStories from a Ming collection. Translations of Chinese short stories published in the seventeenth centuryScenes for mandarins : the elite theater of the MingAnthology of Chinese literature : from early times to the fourteenth centuryMistress & maid : (Jiaohongji)The Peony Pavilion : Mudan tingTales from China