Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 25. Chapters: Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dream of the Red Chamber, Journey to the West, Water Margin, Fengshen Yanyi, Jin Ping Mei, The Scholars, The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants, Monkey, Xingshi Yinyuan Zhuan. Excerpt: Dream of the Red Chamber (simplified Chinese: traditional Chinese: pinyin: H ng L u M ng; Wade-Giles: Hung Lou Meng), composed by Cao Xueqin, is one of China's Four Great Classical Novels. It was composed sometime in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. It is a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular literature and is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of classical Chinese novels. qRedologyq is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work. The novel's name may alternatively be translated as Red Chamber Dream or A Dream of Red Mansions, and it is sometimes referred to by another name, The Story of the Stone (simplified Chinese: traditional Chinese: pinyin: Sh t u j; literally qRecord of the Stoneq). Only the first 80 chapters were written by Cao Xueqin. Various authors have submitted more than 100 alternate endings, often adding 40 additional chapters to complete the novel. Red Chamber is believed to be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the fortunes of author Cao Xueqin's own family. As the author details in the first chapter, it is intended to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and servants. The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese aristocracy. The novel is written in vernacular rather than classical Chinese and helped establish the legitimacy of the vernacular idiom. Its author, Cao Xueqin, was well versed in Chinese poetry and in classical Chin...Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.
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