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The Chinese Fairy Book

The Chinese Fairy Book

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The Chinese Fairy Book, by Various Authors
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Chinese Fairy Book, by VariousThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictionswhatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the ProjectGutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.netTitle: The Chinese Fairy Book Author: Various
 
Editor: R. WilhelmIllustrator: George W. HoodTranslator: Frederick H. MartensRelease Date: September 8, 2009 [EBook #29939]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE CHINESE FAIRYBOOK ***Produced by David Edwards, Sam W. and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team athttp://www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from images generously made available byThe Internet Archive)THE CHINESE FAIRY BOOKEDITED BY DR. R. WILHELMTRANSLATED AFTER ORIGINAL SOURCES BY FREDERICK H. MARTENS[Illustration]WITH SIX ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOR BY GEORGE W. HOODNEW YORK FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY PUBLISHERS
Copyright, 1921, by
FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY
 All Rights Reserved 
BOOKS IN THE "FAIRY SERIES"
 
The English Fairy Book The Welsh Fairy Book The Irish Fairy Book The Scottish Fairy Book The Italian Fairy Book The Hungarian Fairy Book The Indian Fairy Book The Jewish Fairy Book The Swedish Fairy Book The Chinese Fairy Book 
[Illustration: "THE CROWS COME FLYING AND FORM A BRIDGE OVER WHICHTHE WEAVING MAIDEN CROSSES THE SILVER RIVER." --
Page 40
]PREFACEThe fairy tales and legends of olden China have in common with the "Thousand and OneNights" an oriental glow and glitter of precious stones and gold and multicolored silks,an oriental wealth of fantastic and supernatural action. And yet they strike an exotic notedistinct in itself. The seventy-three stories here presented after original sources,embracing "Nursery Fairy Tales," "Legends of the Gods," "Tales of Saints andMagicians," "Nature and Animal Tales," "Ghost Stories," "Historic Fairy Tales," and"Literary Fairy Tales," probably represent the most comprehensive and varied collectionof oriental fairy tales ever made available for American readers. There is no child whowill not enjoy their novel color, their fantastic beauty, their infinite variety of subject.Yet, like the "Arabian Nights," they will amply repay the attention of the older reader aswell. Some are exquisitely poetic, such as "The Flower-Elves," "The Lady of the Moon"or "The Herd Boy and the Weaving Maiden"; others like "How Three Heroes Came ByTheir Deaths Because Of Two Peaches," carry us back dramatically and powerfully tothe Chinese age of Chivalry. The summits of fantasy are scaled in the quasi-religiousdramas of "The Ape Sun Wu Kung" and "Notscha," or the weird sorceries unfolded in"The Kindly Magician." Delightful ghost stories, with happy endings, such as "A Nighton the Battlefield" and "The Ghost Who Was Foiled," are paralleled with such idylliclove-tales as that of "Rose of Evening," or such Lilliputian fancies as "The King of theAnts" and "The Little Hunting Dog." It is quite safe to say that these Chinese fairy taleswill give equal pleasure to the old as well as the young. They have been retold simply,with no changes in style or expression beyond such details of presentation whichdifferences between oriental and occidental viewpoints at times compel. It is the writer'shope that others may take as much pleasure in reading them as he did in their translation.FREDRICK H. MARTENS.CONTENTSPREFACE v

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