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Birch, Cyril 1925-

Overview
Works: 95 works in 337 publications in 4 languages and 8,982 library holdings
Genres: Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Essays  Literature  Poetry  Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction  Juvenile works  Musical settings 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Librettist, Other, Author of introduction, Correspondent, htt
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 )

49 editions published between 1965 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 2,106 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( )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,432 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
Stories from a Ming collection by Menglong Feng( Book )

25 editions published between 1958 and 1980 in English and held by 1,045 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 )

23 editions published between 1961 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many of the folk tales surrounding Chinese life
Studies in Chinese literary genres by Cyril Birch( Book )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

12 editions published between 1976 and 2020 in English and held by 638 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 )

13 editions published in 1963 in English and Undetermined and held by 490 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

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
Bitter love by Tan Dun( )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and Japanese and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Peony Pavilion : Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 2002 in English and held by 302 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
Tales from China by Cyril Birch( Book )

7 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 )

19 editions published between 1965 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents classic Chinese tales of love and morality, marriage and justice, and the strange and supernatural
The peony pavilion = Mudan ting by Xianzu Tang( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in English and held by 59 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
Stories from a Ming collection by Menglong Feng( Book )

14 editions published between 1958 and 1978 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A UNESCO collection of 17th century Chinese short stories
Anthology of Chinese literature( Book )

20 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 20 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
Mistress et maid : (Jiaohongji) by Chengshun Meng( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 1965 and 1967 in English and held by 9 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 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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Mistress & maid : (Jiaohongji)Stories from a Ming collectionChinese myths and fantasiesScenes for mandarins : the elite theater of the MingThe Peony Pavilion : Mudan tingTales from ChinaAnthology of Chinese literatureThe peony pavilion = Mudan ting
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