Lao She

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The Towery-Lao She Collection
20th Century China's Greatest Storyteller

 

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Title: Lao She, China's Master Storyteller

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The Towery-Lao She Collection at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA, contains over 250 books, pamphlets and periodicals by and about Lao She. Also art work and rare Chinese books, maps and artifacts. All of his works in simplified and traditional Chinese are here in various editions. Most of his major works have been translated into English and are available also in Arabic, Swedish, French, Italian, Spanish and German. The DeGolyer Library Collections http://www2.smu.edu/cul/degolyer/collections.html. To access the Towery-Lao She Collection materials click on Poni and input Lao She in Step 1; highlight Keyword in Step 2 and choose DeGolyer Library in Step 3.



 

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Praise of Lao She's writings

(1952)

"There is an author today who approaches the achievements of one who was perhaps the greatest novelist of them all, Leo Tolstoi. He is a Chinese named Lau Shaw [Lao She]. In the Tolstoyan tradition he stands head and shoulders above any novelist living today. And just as Tolstoi is immortal, so, centuries hence, will Lau Shaw be read."
--- Basil Woon, San Francisco News (From The Drum Singers book dust jacket)

Reviews for The Yellow Storm (1951), Lao She's Sishi tongtangtranslated into English by Ida Pruitt.

"More than any other European or Western novelist, Lau Shaw [Lao She] seems to many Western readers the inheritor of the `grand tradition' which gave us Tolstoy, Dickens, Dostoevsky and Balzac. In scope, energy, variety, death, power, The Yellow Storm, laid in Peiping during the eight years of the Japanese occupation, has greatness in it, as our Western old masters of fiction had greatness. ...You find that you are, in this simply written masterpiece, living yourself into Chinese hearts, Chinese thoughts, hopes, fears, horrors, ignominies, heroisms. The Yellow Storm's ending is magnificent, an implied, wholly justified, glorification of the noble Chinese moral tradition.
--- Dorothy Canfield (Book-of-the-Month Club News, 1952)

"It is not only one of the best China books to appear since the war but it is also easily one of the best novels to be published in this country in the same period. ...Like the work of an exacting musician it is on key, no beat is missed, no undertone. It rings true. This is Peiping and the Chinese as they really are. It is also a book of many levels. ...It is Main Street anywhere. ...It is China. And it is history. It is so a fascinating tale, full of excitement and suspense, of murder in the night, revenge and intrigue, and of humor and entertainment too. But none of these levels would have life and substance if it weren't for the master craftsmanship of Lau Shaw in creating living people in all their complex of emotion. ...An extremely good book."
---Preston Schoyer (Saturday Review of Literature)

"A long book rich in dramatic incident and peopled by more than a score of major characters whom Lau Shaw [Lao She] makes individual and disconcertingly real."
--- New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"The value of Lau Shaw's [Lao She's] picture of average Chinese citizens meeting a conqueror's challenge is not limited to its immediate occasion here. It gives the key to how the ordinary Chinese person reacts to conquest."
--- New York Times Book Review

"Realistic and intimate, vast in its emotional portrayals ... a truly great novel." --- Christian Herald



Southern Methodist University's, (Dallas, Texas) Dedman College and the Asian Studies Program sponsored an International Symposium on Lao She and his work October 28 - 29, 1999. The presentations (now being edited by Dr. Peter Li of Rutgers University) will soon appear in printed form.

 

 

The Lao She Memorial Museum (Lao She Gu Ju), a historical-museum in the former residence of Lao She is a must stop in Beijing for all who appreciate or have an interest in modern Chinese literature.

Address:
19 Fengfuhutong,
Dengshikou Xi Street,
Beijing, China, 100006.
Tel: 65599218.


Photos of the Lao She Memorial Museum in Beijing will be appearing soon on these pages. (June 3, 2003)





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