The Life and Times of Po Chü-I, 772-846 AD by Arthur Waley. 1st Edition. Hardback. Allen and Unwin, 1949.


Biography of Po Chü-I, the quintessential Chinese poet. He is best known for his ballads and satirical poems. He held the view that good poetry should be readily understood by the common people and exemplified it in poems noted for simple diction, natural style, and social content. He occupied several important government posts.  He continued to write despite partial paralysis. His work was popular throughout East Asia and he enjoyed great fame during his lifetime.


'To Arthur Waley we are now indebted for the first historical biography of Po Chü-i but this book is more. It is a social history of the early ninth century in China, though history in a delectable form, for Arthur Waley has a felicitous style, which conceals most careful scholarship.' - Manchester Guardian

'No-where can so much information be obtained about life in the T'ang Dynasty.' - Time and Tide

'...the book bears all the evidence of long and careful research' - The Times

Condition: Good. Hardback blue linen with gold lettering, some discolouration on cover. No dust jacket. Excellent condition inside. Contains pull-out map.


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