China, A Literary CompanionBook - 1994
If China had not been there, wrote Lord Dunsany, this land of dragons, peachtrees, peonies and plum blossoms, with its ages and ages of culture, slowly storing its dreams in green jade, is just the land that poets would have invented. China has indeed been invented many times, in the astonishment of visitors and the dreams of poets; but because of its historical and geographical vastness it accommodates all the inventions as truths. For centuries the elite of China's civil service was a class of scholar-gentlemen who gained preferment through education in China's literary classics. In consequence it has one of the world's richest literatures. Its dramatic landscapes and populous cosmopolitan cities invited the wonderment of visitors as various as Marco Polo, Lord Macartney and Noel Coward; but some of the sharpest as well as the most lyrical observations come from the calligraphy brushes of its own writers.
Publisher: London : J. Murray, 1994.
Branch Call Number: 895.109 G783
Characteristics: xi, 289 p. : ill.