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Birch, Cyril 1925-

Overview
Works: 78 works in 279 publications in 4 languages and 8,506 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Drama  Literature  Essays  Poetry  Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction  Operas  Musical settings 
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 1,784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents classic Chinese tales of love and morality, marriage and justice, and the strange and supernatural
Chinese myths and fantasies by Cyril Birch( Book )

21 editions published between 1961 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heaven and Earth and Man -- The Greatest Archer -- The Quellers of the Flood -- The Dinner That Cooked Itself -- How Marriages are Made -- Thr Three Precious Packets -- The Man Who Nearly Became Fishpaste -- A Shiver of Ghosts -- Magicians of the Way -- The Inn of Donkeys -- The Pavilion of Peril -- The Rainmakers -- Aunt Piety -- Eggborn -- The Text -- Eterna -- Recruits -- Revolt
Studies in Chinese literary genres by Cyril Birch( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories from a Ming collection. Translations of Chinese short stories published in the seventeenth century by Menglong Feng( Book )

33 editions published between 1958 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 652 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 )

12 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and held by 595 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 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scenes for Mandarins fills this need, surrounding translated highlights from six of the best-loved plays of the Ming period with lively, entertaining commentary on each play. The narrative of pioneer Ming scholar Cyril Birch provides the context necessary to help Western readers grasp the scope of a genre that spanned the great diversity of Chinese society - from the popular to the elite; from the poor, arid northern regions to the lush gentility of the south
The Peony Pavilion : Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 342 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
Mistress & maid : (Jiaohongji) by Chengshun Meng( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese critics have hailed it as essentially revolutionary for its depiction of youthful resistance to the oppression imposed by latter-day Confucian values, but as Birch notes in the introduction, "the glory of Mistress and Maid is the tender delicacy of the lovers' interactions." This depth of feeling also distinguishes the play from others of the "boy-meets-girl" genre so prevalent during the late-imperial age."--Jacket
Bitter love by Dun Tan( Recording )

2 editions published in 1999 in Japanese and English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of Chinese literature : from early times to the fourteenth century by Cyril Birch( Book )

32 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales from China by Cyril Birch( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 161 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 )

21 editions published between 1965 and 1977 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of Chinese literature by Cyril Birch( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents classic Chinese tales of love and morality, marriage and justice, and the strange and supernatural
Anthology of Chinese literature; from early times to the fourteenth century by Cyril Birch( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bewerking van het klassieke Chinese toneelstuk uit 1598
Chinese narrative : critical and theoretical essays by Andrew H Plaks( Book )

5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Chinese narrative, and especially the genres of colloquial fiction, have been subjected to intensive scholarly scrutiny, no comprehensive volume has provided a framework that would permit an overall view of the tradition. The distinguished contributors to this volume have taken an important first step in making possible the consideration of Chinese narrative at the level of comparative and general literary scholarship.Originally published in 1987.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
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

Mistress and Maid (Jiohong ji) by Meng Chengshun( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mistress & Maid, one of the greatest tragedies of Chinese drama, is here available for the first time in English. Acclaimed translator Cyril Birch presents the bittersweet tale of Bella, daughter of the Wang family, her maid Petal, and the young scholar Shen Chun. After her father reneges on her marital pact, Bella refuses to renounce her love for Shen, with whom she has vowed to share "in life one room, in death one tomb." The subversion of both conventional morality and the arranged marriage through vivid drama and witty comic scenes makes this seventeenth-century play particularly innovative. Chinese critics have hailed it as essentially revolutionary for its depiction of youthful resistance to latter-day Confucian values, but as Birch notes in the introduction, "the glory of Mistress & Maid is the tender delicacy of the lovers' interactions." This depth of feeling also distinguishes the play from others of the "talent-meets-beauty" genre so prevalent during the late-imperial age
 
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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 MingThe Peony Pavilion : Mudan tingMistress & maid : (Jiaohongji)Anthology of Chinese literature : from early times to the fourteenth centuryTales from ChinaAnthology of Chinese literature