Cao Xueqi­n

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    Cao Xueqin was the author of The Story of the Stone, also known as A Dream of Red Mansions, one of China’s greatest and best-known novels. Cao lived most of his life in poverty, and the work was left unfinished (in an 80-chapter version) upon his death. It was later edited into a 120-chapter version and published in printed form; several specialist journals and a series of conferences are currently dedicated to the unraveling of the novel’s mysteries. Cao used his memories of growing up in one of China’s notable families to create a masterpiece of fiction, in which realism and lyricism are uniquely combined. The novel is seen in some sense as a key to the entirety of Chinese culture.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBerkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography
    Editors Kerry Brown
    Place of PublicationGreat Barrington, MA, USA
    PublisherBerkshire Publishing Group
    ISBN (Print)9781933782669
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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