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Gujin lienü zhuan 古今列女傳

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Gujin lienü zhuan 古今列女傳 "Stories of outstanding women from past and present" is a collection of biographies of eminent women compiled under the supervision of the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) writer Jie Jin 解縉 (1369-1415). The 3 juan "scrolls" long book was compiled on imperial order in remembrance of Empress Dowager Gao, called Xiaoci 孝慈高皇后. It was produced by a team of historians like Huang Huai 黄淮, Hu Yan 胡儼, Yang Rong 楊榮, Jin Youzi 金幼孜, Yang Shiqi 楊士奇, Tian Hong 天洪, Jiang Ji 蔣及驥 and Shen Du 沈度, and is introduced by a preface of the Yongle Emperor 永樂 (r. 1403-1424). The first part is decicated to empresses, the second to wives of high officials, and the third part to common people. It covers the whole range of Chinese history and ends in the early Ming period. The biographies of early persons are partially identical with those of Liu Xiang's 劉向 famous Lienüzhuan 列女傳 from the Han period 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE).
The earliest suriving print dates from the Yongle reign. It is included in the imperial collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書.


Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 984.

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