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The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China by Sarah Allan (review)

The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China by Sarah Allan (review) Reviews Sarah Allan. The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China. Revised and expanded edition. SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016. xvi, 202 pp. Hardcover $80.00, isbn 978-1-4384-6225-7. The original edition of Sarah Allan’s The Heir and the Sage was published in 1981 by the Chinese Materials Center (San Francisco), and has since become scarce and expensive on the used-book market. If you wanted to add it to your collection but could not find a copy, this reissue gives you another chance. As Allan explains in her new preface (p. ix), the revisions for this volume consist of corrections of unspecified minor errors, a new introduction, and the addition of her previously published article “The Identities of Taigong Wang in Zhou and Han Literature” (1972–1973) as an appendix. The occasion is the publication of her book Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts (SUNY, 2015), which contains extensive new material. The reasons for reissuing The Heir and the Sage, however, are not clear. The under-annotated and self-referentia in l troduction (pp. 1–12) adds little in the way of justification. Allan not only declines http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China by Sarah Allan (review)

China Review International , Volume 22 (2) – Jul 6, 2017

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Reviews Sarah Allan. The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China. Revised and expanded edition. SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016. xvi, 202 pp. Hardcover $80.00, isbn 978-1-4384-6225-7. The original edition of Sarah Allan’s The Heir and the Sage was published in 1981 by the Chinese Materials Center (San Francisco), and has since become scarce and expensive on the used-book market. If you wanted to add it to your collection but could not find a copy, this reissue gives you another chance. As Allan explains in her new preface (p. ix), the revisions for this volume consist of corrections of unspecified minor errors, a new introduction, and the addition of her previously published article “The Identities of Taigong Wang in Zhou and Han Literature” (1972–1973) as an appendix. The occasion is the publication of her book Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts (SUNY, 2015), which contains extensive new material. The reasons for reissuing The Heir and the Sage, however, are not clear. The under-annotated and self-referentia in l troduction (pp. 1–12) adds little in the way of justification. Allan not only declines

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Published: Jul 6, 2017

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