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Jiangnan yeshi 江南野史

May 21, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Jiangnan yeshi 江南野史 "Wild history of Southern China" is a history of the Southern Tang dynasty 南唐 (937-975) written by the Northern Song-period 北宋 (960-1126) scholar Long Gun 龍衮 (dates unknown).

His 10-juan long book is written in a biographic style reflecting the reigns of the four rulers of that short-lived dynasty. The original size must have been 20 juan, but about half was lost before the Ming period 明 (1368-1644). The Jiangnan yeshi was praised for the high quality of the language which makes it appear like a literary writing rather than a history.

It is included in the series Yuzhang congshu 豫章叢書 and the Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Sources:
Bian Xiaoxuan 卞孝萱 (2003). "Jiangnan yeshi 江南野史", in Bian Xiaoxuan 卞孝萱, ed. Tangdai wenxue baike cidian 唐代文學百科辭典 (Beijing: Hanyu da cidian chubanshe), 1129.
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, 1045.
Wu Feng 吳楓, ed. (1987). Jianming Zhongguo guji cidian 簡明中國古籍辭典 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), 359.