Nyren, Eve Alison

Bonds of Matrimony/hsing-Shih Yin-YÜan Chuan, a Seventeenth-Century Chinese Novel
1995 0-7734-9033-7
This anonymous novel, Hsing-shih Yin-yüan chuan, falls between the Golden Lotus and Dream of the Red Chamber in terms of novelistic development and, like them, tells the story of individual and familial failings away from virtue, and considers the individual's moral responsibility for society. This translation is meant for people who cannot read the novel in Chinese, and will help people understand the genre conventions of Chinese fiction and their evolution. Novels from the 16th and 18th centuries have been translated and published, and this book fills the gap left for the 17th century.