The Last of China's Literati: The Music, Poetry and Life of Tsar Teh-yun

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In this biography of Tsar The-yun, centenarian poet, calligrapher, and qin master, Yung tells the story of a life steeped in the refined arts faithful to the traditional way of the Chinese literati.

Hong Kong University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789622099166
  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Photo

Photo Credits

Foreword George Shen Shen, George

1 Waters and Mists of the Rivers Xiao and Xiang 1

2 Calling upon Tsar Teh-yun Laoshi 9

3 Early Years 17

4 Calligraphy, Poetry, and Music 27

5 From Adolescence to Marriage 37

6 A Tale of Two Cities: Shanghai and Hong Kong 45

7 Studying Qin 55

8 Elegant Gatherings of Musicians, Poets, and Artists 69

9 Qin Students and the Deyin Qin Society 81

10 Method of Teaching 95

11 Style of Playing 103

12 The Sojourner and Her Poems 119

13 Qin and Tsar in the Twenty-First Century 135

Postscript 141

Appendix 1 Qin compositions mentioned 143

Appendix 2 Chronology 144

Appendix 3 Poems in Chinese characters 146

Notes 153

Bibliography 165

Index-Glossary 171

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