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Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio

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Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio or Liaozhai Zhiyi or Liao Chai, is a book that contains almost five hundred supernatural tales. It was written by Pu Song-ling in Chinese and one of its many English translations was done by Herbert Giles in 1880. The book was a completed manuscript in 1679 however it could not be published at first for money reasons. It was passed around as a manuscript until 1740 when it was published by Pu's grandson.

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio
AuthorPu Song-ling
Publication Date1740

The English Editions contain over 450 pages. The stories in it however are normally short, most lasting no more then a page. The book contains many stories ranging from "The Flying Cow" to "Examination for the Post of Guardian Angle".

It also contains a story in which Pu describes and claims to have witnessed the Indian Rope Trick described as "Civ. Theft of the Peach".


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