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Foreign Literature in China
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1. First Half of the 20th Century

The first influential novel in translation was La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias) by Alexandre Dumas (the younger) which was published in 1899. Shortly before this, Liang Qichao had commenced publication of the Chinese version of Kajin no kigu (Unexpected Encounters with Beauties). The most important and productive author in the translation of foreign literature was Lin Shu (1852-1924). He knew no foreign languages him…

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Gálik, Marián and Findeisen, Raoul David, “Foreign Literature in China”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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