About the Author
SSU-MA CHIEN was a major official in the Western Han dynasty (145--86 B. C.) and overcame tragedy to complete these fundamental volumes. WILLIAM H. NIENHAUSER, JR., is Professor of Chinese Language
and literature at the University of Wisconsin. In 1979 he helped found the journal Chinese Literature
, Essays, Articles
(CLEAR). He was the Editor-in-Chief and Compiler of The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, a monumental and indispensable reference work published in 1986. He has authored numerous influential scholarly papers and articles. TSIA-FA CHENG, Professor of Chinese at the Unviersity of Wisconsin and a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, is a graduate of National Taiwan University and the University of Wisconsin and a noted specialist in Chinese historical linguistics. LU ZONGLI, former Associate Professor and Director of Warring States, Qin and Han Studies of the Institue of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the Unviersity of Wisconsin. ROBERT REYNOLDS took his bachelors and masters degrees at National Taiwan University and is now a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin.