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Dongxuan bilu 東軒筆錄

Aug 15, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

Dongxuan bilu 東軒筆錄 "Brush records of the Eastern Study" is a biji 筆記 "brush notes" style book written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Wei Tai 魏泰, courtesy name Wei Daofu 魏道輔. He came from Xiangyang 襄陽 (modern Xiangfan 襄樊, Hubei) and was a famous writer, but he was also known for his tendency to write books and publish them under the name of famous persons. The books Zhiguaiji 志怪集 and Kuoyizhi 括異志, for instance, were published by him as books of Zhang Shizheng 張師正, and the Biyunxia 碧雲騢 as a writing of Mei Yaochen 梅堯臣. In his later years he was widely hated for his deceitful character. Wei Tai's collected writings are known under the name Linhan yinju ji 臨漢隱居集 (prose) and Linhan yinju shihua 臨漢隱居詩話 (poetry critique). The 15 juan "scrolls" long Dongxuan bilu records matters that Wei Tai heard, saw and experienced in his younger years. It was written during the reign of Emperor Zhezong 宋哲宗 (r. 1085-1100) and is quite harsh in its open critique towards other persons. It was first printed by the Chushan shanfang Studio 楚山書屋 in 1555. The Dongxuan bilu is included in the reprints series Siku quanshu 四庫全書, Baihai 稗海, Biji xiaoshuo daguan 筆記小說大觀, Hubei xianzheng yishu 湖北先正遺書 and Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編. In 1983 the Zhonghua shuju press 中華書局 published a modern edition, with annotations by Li Yumin 李裕民.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe, vol. 2, p. 2147.