A collection of Chinese love stories (some too explicit for Victorian tastes). Mostly from the Hsingshih Heng-yen (Tales to Rouse the World), a Ming anthology of vernacular short stories from the 17th century.
Printed in the book:
“NOTE: Previously published as ‘Eastern Shame Girl’, this book was attacked – and acquitted – in the courts, with judicial recognition of its exceptional literary merit.
The original source of the stories appearing in this collection of Chinese love tales is the classic literature of China in the 17th century.”
- Eastern Shame Girl (Du Shiniang)
- The Wedding of Ya-Nei (The Everlasting Couple, from Hsingshih Heng-yen or Tales to Rouse the World)
- A Strange Destiny (also from Hsingshih Heng-yen, 14th tale)
- The Error of the Embroidered Slipper (Hsingshih Heng-yen, 16th tale)
- The Counterfeit Old Woman (Hsingshih Heng-yen, 10th tale)
- The Monastery of the Esteemed-Lotus (Hsingshih Heng-yen, 39th tale)
- A Complicated Marriage (Hsingshih Heng-yen, 8th tale)