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Chinese Cursive Script : An Introduction to Handwriting in Chinese (Far Eastern Publications Series) (Paperback)

Chinese Cursive Script : An Introduction to Handwriting in Chinese (Far Eastern Publications Series) (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Fang-yu Wang
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Handwriting/calligraphy
List Price: $25

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Product Details
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 11, 1958)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0887100333
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 3 reviews.

Customer Reviews

HIGHLY DIDACTIC !, June 24, 2005
Reviewer: Laerte Agnelli "LaoTse" (São Paulo, Sao Paulo SP Brazil)

I had read the other rewiews when I purchased the book.
But...I was not prepared for the clear explanations -and lessons- from Mr.Wang. Through Amazon I was introduced to another master: John DeFrancis, from whom today I am so found. And now, again, Amazon send me another emeritus writer and professor:Fang-Yu Wang ! I must say I do not have the intention of start writing cursevely in chinese. But,my curiosity was fullfilled. And how! If one day I have time I have the right teacher and book to try some cursive characters.
I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the chinese language.


17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:

A unique resource, November 24, 1999

Reviewer: Sir Bowen (Houston, TX USA)

When I first began to learn Mandarin, Fred Fang-yu Wang's books got me going quicker than I would have ever expected. They weren't the newest materials, but they were by far the most effective.

One of the last major hurdles for me was learning the Chinese cursive script. It's an essential skill, but I simply couldn't find any materials on it. I had checked with many teachers, and none could even suggest to me how to get started.

So when I stumbled across Mr. Wang's book on exactly this topic, I bought it immediately. It's every bit as effective as his other works, and is material that I simply have not seen anywhere else.


12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Principles of cursive Chinese writing for English speakers, October 27, 1998

Reviewer: Mike Wright (California)

As far as I know, this is the only book that teaches English-speaking students to read cursive Chinese writing. I found it extremely effective when I first studied it back in 1965, and was very happy to find it still available here. (And I did buy a new copy.)

Unlike calligraphy manuals, it concentrates on basic principles and shows many alternative examples. It is very well organized, and most students will also be able to use it to learn to write cursive Chinese characters. The examples are practical, rather than arty, focussing mostly on pen styles.

Although it is based on the 300 characters of F. Wang's _Read Chinese_, which is no longer commonly used, these are likely to be among the first characters taught in any beginning Chinese course, and all of them are essential characters.

I believe that students of Japanese will also find this text useful, since the principles are the same as those used by Japanese writers. (I know of no equivalent text for teaching cursive Japanese writing to English speakers.)


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