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Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vol. 1

Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vol. 2

Stories from a Ming Collection
Born: March 16, 1925, Bolton, Lancashire, England. Married Dorothy Nuttall, 1946; two children, David Geoffrey Birch and Catherine Birch Epstein; three grandchildren, Michael Geoffrey Birch and Alison and Benjamin Epstein.

Education:
Bolton School
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London:
1948 BA (Honours, First Class), Modern Chinese
1954 PhD, Chinese Literature



Military service: Lieutenant, British Army, Intelligence Corps,
1944-47, chiefly stationed in Calcutta.



Appointed:
Lecturer in Chinese, School of Oriental and African Studies
 Associate Professor of Oriental Languages, University of California,
Berkeley
1964-66 and 1982-86 Chairman, Department of Oriental Languages,
UC Berkeley
1966-69 Associate Dean for Instruction, College of Letters and Science,
UC Berkeley
retired as Agassiz Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature,
University of California, Berkeley



Fellowships:
1958-59 Rockefeller Foundation
1963-64 Guggenheim Foundation
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1991-92 Renditions Fellow, Center for Research in Translation, Chinese University
of Hong Kong



Visiting Professorships:
Stanford University, University of Hawaii, National Taiwan University, University of Melbourne, University of British Columbia.



Publications:
Approximately 80 titles, including articles on traditional Chinese fiction and drama and twentieth-century Chinese literature, and the following books.

1958 Stories from a Ming Collection

1960 Chinese Myths and Fantasies, London: Oxford University Press; reissued as
Tales From China, 2000

1963 Chinese Communist Literature, New York: Praeger

1965 Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vol. 1 (with Donald Keene)

1972 Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vol. 2  (with Donald Keene)



1974 Studies in Chinese Literary Genres, Berkeley: University of California Press

1974 The Peach Blossom Fan (with Chen Shih-hsiang and Harold Acton), Berkeley:
UC Press; Boston: Cheng and Tsui Company, 2001

1980 The Peony Pavilion, Bloomington: Indiana University Press; second edition, 2002

1995 Scenes for Mandarins, New York: Columbia University Press

2001 Mistress and Maid: Meng Chengshun's Jiaohongji, New York: Columbia University
Press

(All the above, with the exception of Chinese Communist Literature and Studies in Chinese Literary Genres, are currently in print in paperback.)

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