Collected Essays of Master Jinan


Ji nan xian sheng wen cui (Collected essays of Master Jinan) contains pieces written by Li Zhi (1059‒1109), style name Jinan Xiansheng, a Song dynasty literary scholar and a contemporary disciple of Su Shi. A native of Huaxian, Shaanxi Province, Li, after he had failed at the civil examinations, settled down in Changshe, Henan Province, and devoted himself to writing. Li Zhi was one of the so-called Six Gentlemen of Suzhou, whose essays mostly consisted of discourses and criticism. This Ming (1368‒1644) edition was edited by Hong Zhanzu, one of the famous Hong family clan of Hangzhou, and Yuan Qinian (1593‒1639) of Gong’an, and was printed in Wulin. The essays include Li’s discourses on various topics, essays that documented founding schools and about paintings and calligraphic works he viewed, and evaluation of the works of his contemporaries, such as Su Shi, Huang Tingjian (1045–1105), a painter, calligrapher, and poet, and Qin Guan (1049–1100), a poet. These essays provide important sources for the study of the history of Song dynasty literature.

Last updated: January 10, 2018