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# 1.   

"...inappropriate to publish"?

Quite the inverse. Sounds like great tattle! And I'm sure there's better stuff yet to come. One read of Fortress Besieged and you know that Qian Zhongshu was not averse to dishing out a bit of biting criticism about hypocrisy.

It's sad to see his wife trying to silence her husband. The poor bloke hardly wrote a word after China's "liberation" in 1949, no doubt fearful he'd get branded a rightist and be hauled up for a series of "struggle sessions."

 Bruce, May 30, 2013, 8:49p.m.

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Just to be clear, Qian Zhongshu may not have written any fiction after '49, but that doesn't mean he hardly wrote a word. His collected works (钱锺书集 [2001]) weigh in at 13 volumes, including Selected and Annotated Song Dynasty Poetry 宋诗选注 (1958), Seven Patches 七綴集 (1984), and Limited Views 管锥编 (published in five volumes in the nineties).

He also was part of the translation workshops that put the speeches and writings of Mao Zedong in English. But as for being branded a rightist and "struggle sessions": indeed, his Song Poetry was criticized for being insufficiently Marxist, and during the Cultural Revolution the former university professor was made to work as a janitor and his son-in-law killed himself.

Lucas

Lucas Klein, May 31, 2013, 10:33a.m.

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Discussion of the legal issues here:

http://www.chinaiplawyer.com/illegal-auction-qian-zhongshu-yang-jiangs-letter-manuscripts/?cb=07517411448061466

He raises an interesting point that the rights to buy, sell and display the letters belongs to their lawful owner, but the right to publish the content belongs to the original author (and his heirs).

Still wouldn't prevent anyone from publishing a summary of their contents, though, so it all seems a little 船到江心 to me.

More on Yang Jiang's stewardship of her husband's legacy here:

http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/features.php?searchterm=026_yangjiang.inc&issue=026

Nick Stember, June 2, 2013, 9:39p.m.

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The supposed recipient of the letters has issued a letter claiming that three of the letters in question are fakes:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-06/06/content_16580294.htm

I wonder if this means they can be published?

Nick Stember, June 7, 2013, 10:26a.m.

# 5.   

"A couple, both famous translators, had not interpreted a Chinese classic well."

Does the world really need a dead Qian Zhongshu to tell us that Yang Xianyi & Co.'s Hongloumeng is second-rate?

 Canaan Morse, June 14, 2013, 10:47p.m.

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