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Jiangnan yeshi 江南野史


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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. His 10 juan "scrolls" 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 collectaneum Yuzhang congshu 豫章叢書 and the Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

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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. 1045.

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