Chinese Culture Series Publication

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Raised by 12 people in 43 months
From the early 1960's until he sadly passed away in 2015, William Dolby beaverishly translated and researched Classical Chinese drama, poetry and literature, and above and beyond his world renowned work of 'A History of Chinese Drama' he silently produced a tall mountain of other superb works which he titled the "Chinese Culture Series".

As a well respected professor and lecturer in Classical Chinese at the University of Edinburgh he was one of the true masters in the subject, in fact many Chinese themselves have acknowledged that Bill surpassed their own in the depth and scope of his knowledge and in his ability to share and discuss his subject, unreservedly and passionately, with those who would take the time to listen.

In order to preserve these works for future generations, and in recognition of a nearly extinct breed of expertise, a website has been created at http://www.williamdolby.com. The idea behind this website is to allow future students, peers and researchers to benefit from his great work, and should a profit ever be generated for a 'grant' to be created to assist students following in a similar course of study.

However, in order to meet the demands of modern research and readers these books need to be digitised and made available in various eBook formats. This is no small task, and with full recognition that the creation of so many publications will take considerable time and resources. The plan is therefore to obtain funding to initiate such a project; to allow devotion to the creation as a full-time project rather than as a peicemeal exercise which would not do justice to the intended result.

Once completed the many eBooks produced would then be available to the world to share openly at far lower cost.

This is how my father, William Dolby, would have wanted it.
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Happy nearly Easter All

A quick update:

We have been persevering with the publications and as previously mentioned we have moved entirely to Kindle and Print publications through Amazon and Createspace rather than producing PDF's.

So far, we have re-published seven works and we hope that these have been well received in the mainstream (NB:// we have not yet kindilized 'Lasting-life Palace-hall' due to its size and complexity).

The completed works can be viewed here: http://www.williamdolby.com/publications/available-ebooks

Any issues with obtaining these finished volumes then please do inform me and I will see what we can do (we do keep a small stock of the books in-house and can possibly post direct).

We are now considering the next volumes to edit and publish and we will keep you updated as we go.

I hope the year of the rooster is panning out well.

All the best
Ieuan
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This link was kindly provided to me; an article based on a past interview of Bill by a Chinese scholar. We will hope to have this translated into English soon.
Please view at http://www.literature.org.cn/article.aspx?id=28737
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A mountain has been climbed - we have now published No.29, 'Lasting-life Palace-hall (Hung Sheng 1654-1704)' as print-on-demand paperbacks, 2 volumes, as available at Amazon.

A fantastic drama - and a long one too.
Lasting-life Palace-hall, Volume 1
Lasting-life Palace-hall, Volume 2
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A new article has been posted at the website.

Little Sister Reed and a Bibliography of Chinese Metaphors

http://www.williamdolby.com/latest-news/44-additional-works-and-information
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Ieuan Dolby
25 months ago

No29, Lasting-life Palace-hall (Hung Sheng 1654-1704) has now been published in print form. We have done this in two volumes but it is undoubtedly a fantastic play with numerous endnotes and appendices as the backbone to this clever translation of a lengthy drama. Both volumes are available from Amazon or as a PDF from our website.

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Ieuan Dolby
43 months ago

We have now run out of the first hard-backed publication, No28 of the Chinese Culture Series titled "Chinese Allusions". Currently we have no avenue or finance to print another batch, but we continually hope that something will sort itself out soon. Any ideas are appreciated.

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Ieuan Dolby
43 months ago

Managed today to upload four articles written by William Dolby, kind courtesy of the Scotland-China Association (SCA) for whom they were written in 1972/74. One being a translation of a Qu poem titled 'Famine'. These are scanned PDF's currently but hopefully one day we can rewrite these.

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£885 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 43 months
Created May 4, 2015
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Eugene Chung
20 months ago
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In belated tribute to a great man, a great teacher, and great scholar, who embodied the Confucian virtues of moral probity and Daoist ones of humility and humour.

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Anonymous
32 months ago
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XZ
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Xiaohuan Zhao
36 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks Indeed for your amazing donation which will spur us into the New Year.

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36 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Beatrice Otto
39 months ago
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Nobody could have benefited more than I did from Bill's generosity of spirit and knowledge. I would love to see his work made available to future scholars. Thanks to Ieuan for taking this initiative.

SM
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Shirley-Anne McAndrew
40 months ago
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In fond memory of Bill Dolby: a great mind and an inspirational teacher who was greatly liked and respected by those of us fortunate enough to study with him.

JM
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John Moffett
40 months ago (Offline Donation)
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It is marvellous to hear about your efforts with Bill's extraordinary output of scholarship. I was a recipient of his wisdom and kindness for many years, and owe my position here to him. Your father was a wonderful teacher. I've written to the Profs and librarian at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies to recommend that they take up your kind offer of donation for their Library - it is the best place for the books to be, where their students can use them! Please keep me informed about future developments. very best wishes,

RW
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Roderick WHITFIELD
42 months ago
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Bill Dolby was a brilliant linguist and a gifted translator, especially of drama, chantefables and lyric poetry. His sensitive and copiously annotated translations, to which he devoted his entire life, deserve to be widely known. Ieuan Dolby's courageous initiative to take on this task is a truly filial enterprise in the finest Chinese tradition.

IH
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Isabel Hilton
42 months ago
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recommend you add Paypal to the option, if you can.. and all good wishes for the appeal

Ieuan Dolby
25 months ago

No29, Lasting-life Palace-hall (Hung Sheng 1654-1704) has now been published in print form. We have done this in two volumes but it is undoubtedly a fantastic play with numerous endnotes and appendices as the backbone to this clever translation of a lengthy drama. Both volumes are available from Amazon or as a PDF from our website.

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Ieuan Dolby
43 months ago

We have now run out of the first hard-backed publication, No28 of the Chinese Culture Series titled "Chinese Allusions". Currently we have no avenue or finance to print another batch, but we continually hope that something will sort itself out soon. Any ideas are appreciated.

+ Read More
Ieuan Dolby
43 months ago

Managed today to upload four articles written by William Dolby, kind courtesy of the Scotland-China Association (SCA) for whom they were written in 1972/74. One being a translation of a Qu poem titled 'Famine'. These are scanned PDF's currently but hopefully one day we can rewrite these.

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