Pu Songling

Biography

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio is commonly known in China as the Liao Zhao. Although the volume of stories was completed in 1679, it circulated in manuscript only until printed and published in 1740. Since then many editions have appeared in Chinese and many translations have been made into foreign languages.

The dates of birth or death for Pu Songling are unknown, but it is known that he reached the lowest (or bachelor’s) degree before age twenty. In 1651, ten years or so after his graduation, he had not progressed to an advanced degree. While it is unfortunate he did not personally progress in his academic standing, it is fortunate he used the time he had to write the tales contained in Strange Stories. Despite his failures in the more advanced competitive examinations, Pu Songling left a cherished manuscript, which for more than 300 years has gained him an enduring place in Chinese literature.

Books

Story 31: A Dwarf
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 20. Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Strange Stories 21 - 30
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Series: Strange Stories, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,640. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 24: Miss A-Bao or Perseverance Rewarded
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 19. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 23: Miss Lianxiang
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 18. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 22: The Boon Companion
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 17. Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Strange Stories 11-20
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Series: Strange Stories, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,680. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 18: Little Zhu
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 16. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 17: The Shui-Mang Plant
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 15. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. The Shui-Mang Plant is one of the collection's longest and most compelling stories. Broomhandle Books has edited The Shui-mang Plant to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make it more accessible to readers in this e-book format.
Story 16: The Magic Sword
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 15: Miss Yingning, or the Laughing Girl
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 13. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 14: Judge Lu
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 12. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 13: The Trader's Son
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 12: The Painted Skin
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Strange Stories 1 - 10
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Series: Strange Stories, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,950. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 8: Miss Jiao Nuo
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 7: The Marriage of the Fox's Daughter
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 6: The Buddhist Priest of Changqing
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 5: The Taoist Priest of Laoshan
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 4: Planting a Pear Tree
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,080. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 3: The Painted Wall
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited them with a more modern format, including punctuation and styling, to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 2: The Talking Pupils
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. This publisher attempted to edit them with a more modern format, including punctuation and styling, to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
Story 1: Examination for the Post of Guardian Angel
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Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. This publisher attempted to edit them with a more modern format, including punctuation and styling, to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.

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