Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature

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Last updated: May 6, 2019

Outlaws of the Marsh
Shi Nai’an

Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Luo Guanzhong

Journey to the West
Wu Cheng’en

Dream of the Red Chamber
Cao Xueqin

Outlaws of the Marsh
108 exilees gather in Liangshan Marsh ~ Government swnds them to suppress rebels and invaders ~ Song Dynasty ~ 14th century

Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Power blocs that form Cao Wei, Shu Han, Eastern Wu states ~ Feudal lords try to restore or replace the Han dynasty ~ 14th century

Journey to the West
Also known as “Monkey” ~ Ming Dynasty ~ 16th century ~ Tang dynasty ~ Buddhist monk Xuanzang travels to India to get sacred texts

Dream of the Red Chamber
Also known as “The Story of the Stone ~ Qing Dynasty ~ 18th century ~ rise and fall of the author’s family and of the Qing Dynasty

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