Peony Pavilion Onstage : Four Centuries in the Career of a Chinese Drama
The peony pavilion = Mudan ting / Tang Xianzu ; translated by Cyril Birch - Details - Trove
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T'ang was born in Lin-ch'uan Kiangsi Province and passed the provincial examinations at the early age of 20, but, being an impetuous youth, he refused to curry favor with the powerful minister Chang Chu-cheng and therefore could not make further progress until Chang's death in The following year T'ang went to Peking, passed the metropolitan examination, and was appointed to an advisory post in the Bureau of Sacrifices in the secondary capital of Nanking. He remained there for some years, until his next impolitic move in when a comet appeared. The Chinese have traditionally believed that unusual astrological phenomena were signs of Heaven's displeasure, and naturally this sighting caused anxiety at court. T'ang promptly sent a memo to the throne in which he lamented the emperor's "twenty wasted years," and in less than a month, he found himself on his way to the southern limits of the empire, to a lowly post as county police officer.