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Birch, Cyril 1925-

Overview
Works: 75 works in 293 publications in 5 languages and 8,967 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Drama  Essays  Literature  Poetry  Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction  Juvenile works  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Librettist, Other, ed, Author of introduction, Compiler
Classifications: PL2658.E1, 895.108
Publication Timeline
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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 )

63 editions published between 1965 and 1985 in English and held by 2,179 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( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,754 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
Stories from a Ming collection. Translations of Chinese short stories published in the seventeenth century by Menglong Feng( Book )

37 editions published between 1958 and 1980 in English and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of six short stories, folktales, myths, and legends from the Chinese Ming Dynasty
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

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 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The peach blossom fan = Tʻao-hua-shan by Shangren Kong( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and held by 626 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 )

11 editions published in 1963 in English and Undetermined and held by 482 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 445 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
The Peony Pavilion : Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 346 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 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales from China by Cyril Birch( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 159 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 )

14 editions published between 1972 and 2002 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents classic Chinese tales of love and morality, marriage and justice, and the strange and supernatural
Mistress and Maid (Jiohong ji) by Meng Chengshun( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 10 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
The peony pavilion = Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young boy discovers a secret about the house he and his mother inherited from his father, and must work against a ruthless businessman to protect it
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
Cina : miti e fantasie popolari by Cyril Birch( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in Italian and held by 6 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

Baizhi bi jiao wen xue lun wen ji by Cyril Birch( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in Chinese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of Chinese literature. Associate editor, Donald Keene by Cyril Birch( Book )

3 editions published between 1965 and 1967 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ku chen hsiao shuo : a critical examination by Cyril Birch( Book )

4 editions published in 1954 in English and Undetermined and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Scenes for mandarins : the elite theater of the Ming
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Mistress & maid : (Jiaohongji)Stories from a Ming collection. Translations of Chinese short stories published in the seventeenth centuryChinese myths and fantasiesScenes for mandarins : the elite theater of the MingThe Peony Pavilion : Mudan tingTales from ChinaAnthology of Chinese literature
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