These delightful miniature tales of macabre hauntings, monsters and magic tricks are Classical China’s greatest stories.
‘…revealing great shining fangs more than three inches long.’
Some of the most macabre and wonderful of all Chinese stories, including ‘The Golden Goblet’, ‘Scorched Moth the Daoist’ and ‘The Black Beast’
Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin’s 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
About the author
Pu Songling (1645-1715) spent much of his life studying for, and failing, various exams in an attempt to secure a career in the Chinese civil service. He supported his family as a lowly private secretary and tutor in the household of a wealthy local family, and devoted his spare time to reading and writing, producing verse, essays, practical handbooks, ballads, drama, and nearly five hundred Strange Tales, on which his reputation now rests.