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Biographical Dictionary of Tang Dynasty Literati

Edited by William H. Nienhauser Jr. and Michael E. Naparstek

Published by: Indiana University Press

616 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

This book can be purchased from this website 60 days before the publish date

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253060266
  • Published: April 2022


Many regard the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE) as the most important era for classical Chinese poetry, with around fifty thousand poems from the period surviving to the modern era. The great poets—Li Bo, Wang Wei, Du Fu, Bo—all lived in the Tang Dynasty. Meticulously researched and featuring many examples of their writings, the Biographical Dictionary of Tang Dynasty Literati presents 139 biographies of classical Chinese poets.

Compiled by award-winner author William H. Nienhauser, Jr., and Michael E. Naparstek, this book is the first comprehensive dictionary of writers during the Tang dynasty. In addition to individual entries, it includes an overview of Tang literature, a literary timeline of the Tang, and an explanation of official titles and ranks, making it an indispensable resource for anyone interested in classical Chinese poetry.