Chinese Culture Series Publication
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.
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
Please view at http://www.literature.org.cn/article.aspx?id=28737
A fantastic drama - and a long one too.
Little Sister Reed and a Bibliography of Chinese Metaphors
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.
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.
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.