This is a pioneering study of the relation of Huizhou merchants (Huishang) to Ming-Qing literature. It also represents a new foray within Huizhou studies, an established field in China based upon the signature historical features of the prefecture of Huizhou and its enormously rich source materials. The author, Zhu Wanshu, is a leading scholar of Ming-Qing drama and a former director of the Huizhou Studies Institute at Anhui University.

The book consists of two parts. Part one deals with the relation of Huishang to the evolving field of Ming-Qing literature. It starts by accounting for the rise of Huizhou merchants (arguably the most powerful regional mercantile group in late imperial China) during the second half of the Ming dynasty and their often high levels of education and Confucian characteristics. Highly interesting are the networks and friendships that Huishang established with literati, which, in turn, helped improve latter's appreciation of their...

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