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A treasury of Asian literature
Publication Information:
New York : New American Library, ©1956.
Physical Description:
xiv, 432 pages ; 18 cm.
Number in series:
General Note:
Reprint of a hardcover ed. published by the John Day Co., Inc.
Pt. 1. Story. Parable (From the Panchatantra -- From the Gulistan of Sadi -- From the Mathnawi of Rumi) -- Prose fiction (From The thousand and one nights : The lady and her five suitors -- An anonymousu Chinese tale : The judicial murder of Tsui Ning -- From The tale of the genji : Chapter v. Murasaki / Lady Murasaki Shikibu) -- Epic (From the Mahabharata : Śvitr̋ ; or, love and death -- From the Shahnamah of Firdausi [The birth of Sohr̀b -- The death of Sohr̀b]).

Pt. 2. Drama. Shakuntala / K̀lid̀sa -- Atsumori / Seami Motokiyo.

Pt. 3. Song. Of man and nature (From the Chinese poets -- From the Japanese poets [From the Manyo Shu -- From the Kokin Shu -- Haiku]) -- Of man and God (From the Mediations of Ma'arri -- The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, first edition) -- Of sacred and profane love (From the Moallakat : Ode / Imr-ul-Kais -- Gita Govinda (abridged) / Jayadeva -- From the Divani Shamsi Tabriz of Rumi -- From the Divan of Hafiz).

Pt. 4. Scripture. Confucian (From the Analects of Confucius) -- Taoist (From the Tao teh ching) -- Hindu (From the Bhagavad gita -- Buddhist (From the Dhammapada) -- Islamic (From the Koran).
General collection of sacred and secular literature from Arabia, Iran (Persia), India, China and Japan. Includes stories, drama, and poetry as well as excerpts from Confucian, Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic scriptures.


Call Number
895.08 YOHANNAN 1984

On Order



From the great and ancient cultures of Asia comes this fascinating collection of great prose, drama, poetry and scripture. Translated by scholars well versed in the original languages, the contents range from selections from the holy books of the Confucian, Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic religions to a story from The Thousand and One Nights and verses from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.