Chapter 5, “Literature,” was written by Chen Yanhui and translated by Wang Rong. Although known as the nation of poetry, with more than 40,000 poems handed down from the Tang Dynasty alone, China is equally proud of the volume and quality of its essays, short stories, fiction, and drama. This chapter profiles prominent writers, poets, and playwrights and leads the reader along a historical corridor that showcases the gems of Chinese literature.
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