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The Butterfly Lovers

The Legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai: Four Versions with Related Texts



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Sharing many thematic elements with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Butterfly Lovers relates the tragic tale of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, two young lovers who long to marry but are prevented from doing so by the social strictures of Imperial China. This book offers translations of the earliest versions of the popular ballad along with later literary reinventions of the tale; several appendices offer a variety of documents that reveal the historical and cultural origins of the legend.

Author Biography

Wilt L. Idema is Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University.
Release date Australia
March 15th, 2010
Edited and translated by Wilt L. Idema
Country of Publication
United States
Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
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