This collection of short stories, anecdotes, and poems was likely compiled during the 13th century. Tales of romantic love�including courtship, marriage, and illicit affairs�unify the collection and make it an essential primary source for literary and social history, since official Chinese history sources did not usually discuss family conflict or sexual matters.
This volume, the first complete translation of The Drunken Man�s Talk (Xinbian zuiweng tanlu) in any language, includes an introduction that explores the literary significance of the work as well as annotations explaining the symbolism and allusions found in the stories.
Compiled by Luo Ye. Translated by Alister D. Inglis
1. An Account of the Plowmen of the Tongue2. A Legal Case Involving Illicit Love3. Romantic Union4. Women�s Verse5. Humorous Tales from a Precious Window6. Veritable Records from the Red-light District7. Records from the Red-light District8. Humorous Quips9. The Characteristics of Ladies10. Poems About Ladies11. Romantic Union12. Extraordinary Encounters with Immortals13. Virtuous Women of the Inner Quarters14. Legal Cases Involving Witty Verdicts15. Felicitous Trysts with Immortals 16. Broken Promises17. Romantic Betrayal18. Extraordinary and Predestined Meetings19. Old Stories of Reunion 120. Old Stories of Reunion 2
AppendixNotesGlossary of Chinese CharactersBibliography