A Birthday Book for Brother Stone: For David Hawkes, at Eighty

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David Hawkes, described by a distinguished fellow sinologist as "the best living translator in our field, as well as one of the nicest people to have graced our profession", celebrates his eightieth birthday this year (2003). In this unusual and varied Birthday Book (a Festschrift with a difference), over forty of David's friends, students, colleagues and admirers from all over the world have come together to wish him a happy birthday, and to celebrate the man, and his ...

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David Hawkes, described by a distinguished fellow sinologist as "the best living translator in our field, as well as one of the nicest people to have graced our profession", celebrates his eightieth birthday this year (2003). In this unusual and varied Birthday Book (a Festschrift with a difference), over forty of David's friends, students, colleagues and admirers from all over the world have come together to wish him a happy birthday, and to celebrate the man, and his exceptional scholarly and creative achievements.

David Hawkes is best known for his masterful translations, in which he has set the highest standards, not only of scholarship, but also of creative ingenuity and eloquence, standards that have inspired a whole generation of translators. But as readers will discover from this rich collection, the books are only part of the story: over the years their author has touched and inspired a great number of people -- as teacher, friend, and mentor -- perhaps more deeply than his own modesty has allowed him to realise.

This book is divided into three parts. The first part consists of informal reminiscences, poems and personal contributions of various kinds; the second part brings together essays, both sinological and general; the third and last part consists of translations. The volume is embellished by a number of photographs, paintings, and pieces of calligraphy. The publication has been generously supported by the Hong Kong Translation Society, to honour one of the great scholars of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629961114
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel May taught English in China (1980-1982). She has collaborated on many translations from the Chinese, most recently the Martial Arts novels of the Hong Kong novelist Louis Cha. She also works as a literary editor. John Minford studied Chinese with David Hawkes at Oxford, and later at the Australian National University, with Liu Ts'un-yan. He has taught in China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He translated the last two volumes of the Penguin Stone(1982-1986), and edited, with Joseph S. M. Lau, Chinese Classical Literature: An Anthology of Translations.

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Table of Contents

Calligraphy for Brother Stone
Editors' Introduction
For David Hawkes 3
Tribute to David 5
Literature and Translation, Life and Love 9
Four Poems, & Extract from a Letter to a Jungian Friend 13
A Small Personal Tribute 25
To David Hawkes at Eighty 27
Notes of a Musical Traveller 31
Green-stone and Quince 43
Nine Home-made Haiku for David 55
Calligraphy 59
Following in the Steps of Karma 61
A Walk in Blenheim Park, and Afterwards 67
Images of Xi'an, 1984 77
The Spanish Doctors 83
Bergerie de Chauvette 93
The English Stone: For David Hawkes, on His Eightieth Birthday 96
Rock and Flower Midstream 101
Under the Shadow of the Bomb: Life and Entertainment in Newly Liberated Peking 103
The Origin of the Title of The Red Chamber Dream 115
Sur notre perception du monde 119
China's Way to the West 127
The Vegetarian Outrage of 1895 133
Six Settings of the Nine Songs by Qu Yuan 147
Twm Sion Cati 161
The David Hawkes Collection at the National Library of Wales 174
Mixed Doubles: Flirting with Chinese Couplets and Riddles in English Translation 175
Hu Shi and The Story of the Stone 185
Calligraphy 195
He Bo Count of the River, Feng Yi and Li Bing 197
"Der Trunk des Abschieds": An Afterword on Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde 207
Ming Loyalism and Historical Fiction: Notes on Some Examples from Ming-Qing Literature 213
Flourishing as a Pine Tree 227
The Gardens of His Youth: Extracts from Zhang Dai's Dream Memories of Taoan 229
A Twirl of Two Swords, East and West 247
The Money-lender and the Pit: A Crime Story for David 259
Litterateurs and Voyeurs: Shanghai Men of Letters of the 1930s, as Portrayed in Ping Jinya's Novel Tides in the Human Sea 263
Frae the Nine Sangs: A Wee Pendicle ti "Suddron Sangs" bi Dauvit Hawkes 283
Calligraphy 295
The Legend of Zhongtiao Mountain by Li Jianwu 297
Dream Waves: A Prose Poem by Gao Xingjian 305
Haoran zhi qi 309
A Xinhai Memento 319
The Horse and the Tang State 327
Five Poems by the Song Poet - Official Lu You (1125-1210) 333
Rhyme-prose on the E-pang Palace by Du Mu (803-852) 337
Fourteen Lyrics by Wu Zao (1799-1863) 341
Notes on Contributors 355
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