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Giles, Herbert A.
Chinese Poetry in English Verse
London & Shanghai Bernard Quaritch; Kelly & Walsh 1898 London & Shanghai, Bernard Quaritch; Kelly & Walsh, 1898. 8vo 8″ – 9″ tall, [iv] 212 [2] pp. Rebound in contemporary cloth. FIRST EDITION. Lytton Strachey's copy inscribed to the painter Henry Lamb : "To Henry Lamb, Ecc. 3. 5. Ap. 1911" LYTTON STRACHEY AND CHINESE POETRY "During July [1908], when the crisis first broke, Lytton had felt up to reading except Voltaires correspondence [...]. But it was another favourite volume he took up with him to Scotland - Professor Giles anthology of Chinese Poems, in which he now entirely immersed himself, writing a long appreciation of them for MacCarthy New Quarterly. [...] In Professor Giles anthology he found just the perfect dreamy and pervading melancholy to chime in that medley of old emotions moving beneath his usual carapace of frigid aloofness." (Michael Holroyd, Lytton Strachey By Himself ). "In theses Lyrics of Chine the stress and fury of desire are things unknown, and, in their topsy-turvy oriental fashion, they are concerned far more with memories of love than expectations of it. [...] Thus, while one cannot be certain that this love is not another name for sublimated friendship, one can be sure enough that best describes such a feeling ; and it is through its mastery of the tones and depths of affection that our anthology holds a unique place in the literature of the world." (Lytton Strachey, New Quarterly) It is this conception of love and friendship that was offered three years later by Strachey to Henry Lamb HENRY LAMB AND LYTTON STRACHEY T … [Click Below for Full Description]
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