The Book of Lieh-Tzu by A. C. Graham

By A. C. Graham

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"The "Lieh-tzu" ranks with the "Lao Tzu" and "Chuang Tzu" as the most eloquent and influential expositions of Taois philosophy. This definitive translation by means of Professor Graham does complete justice to the subtlety of concept and literary effectiveness of the text." -- Burton Watson

"The Lieh-tzu ranks with the Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu as the most eloquent and influential expositions of Taois philosophy. This definitive translation by way of Professor Graham does complete justice to the subtlety of notion and literary effectiveness of the text." -- Burton Watson

"The "Lieh-tzu" ranks with the "Lao Tzu" and "Chuang Tzu" as essentially the most eloquent and influential expositions of Taois philosophy. This definitive translation by means of Professor Graham does complete justice to the subtlety of concept and literary effectiveness of the text." -- Burton Watson
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It is a gem of a piece following at the Chuang Tzu, in a slightly darker tone, but punctuated with a so much striking humor. The modernity of this text... is astonishing....[A.C. Graham] is among the so much wonderful Sinologists operating today.
(Irene Bloom, Columbia collage)

-- Burton Watson

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64), and descriptions of Elizabeth’s favor for the earl are as coy as possible on the subject of her culpability: There is no man that ascribeth not this [Leicester’s domination of royal favor] unto the singular benignity and most bountiful good nature of her Majesty, who measuring other men by her own heroical and princely sincerity cannot easily suspect a man so much bounded to her grace as he is, nor remove her confidence from the place where she hath heaped so infinite benefits. (pp. 73–74) This is clearly a difficult rhetorical position to sustain.

The earl is depicted as a serial killer, murdering anyone who stands in the way of what are alternatively sexual and political ambitions. First he kills his own wife, Amy Robsart, in order to make himself available to marry the queen (her body was found at the bottom of a staircase with a broken neck – Leicester’s Commonwealth suggests that this was staged to make her murder look accidental [p. 81]). Then, waffling between dynastic and erotic desires, he falls for Lady Sheffield and poisons her husband.

But there were two above all the rest who led the van of the King’s evil counsellors, and these were Laud . . and the Earl of Strafford, who . . 38 Public interest in attacks on Strafford specifically, and on the idea of corrupt royal ministers more generally, led to the printing of a number of Buckingham-related pamphlets in the early 1640s: for example The Forerunner of Revenge (1642), a redaction of it called Strange Apparitions, or The Ghost of King James (1642), Wotton’s comparison of Essex and Buckingham (1641) as well as his Short View of the Life and Death of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham (1642), and several transcriptions of speeches by or about Buckingham from the parliaments of the 1620s.

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