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The Letter to Ren an and Sima Qian's Legacy

The Letter to Ren an and Sima Qian's Legacy( )
Author: Durrant, Stephen
Li, Wai-yee
Nylan, Michael
van Ess, Hans
ISBN:978-0-295-80638-9
Publication Date:Mar 2016
Publisher:University of Washington Press
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $40.00
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Sima Qian (first century BCE), the author of Record of the Historian (Shiji), is China's earliest and best-known historian, and his "Letter to Ren An" is the most famous letter in Chinese history. In the letter, Sima Qian explains his decision to finish his life's work, the first comprehensive history of China, instead of honorably committing suicide following his castration for "deceiving the emperor." In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, some scholars have queried...
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