Cyril Birch is a translator and the Agassiz Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

IN THE REVIEW

Ming Minx

The Golden Lotus

translated by Colonel Clement Egerton
The Golden Lotus, written in the late sixteenth century, is one of the great novels of premodern China. The reader who takes up this translation expecting to be charmed for a few hours by the tranquil grace of the Old China, or by long gone courtly amours in the manner …