A bibliographical and textual study of the authorship of a biographical collection of eminent officials of the Ming dynasty historically attributed the late Ming unorthodox scholar-official Li Zhi (1527-1602). It finds that the genuine author was Li's admirer and sponsor Jiao Hong (1540-1620), the famous literati and civil official who was more Buddhist minded than Confucian. The work is the same as one much read work long attributed to Li, the Xue Cangshu. Thus, Li's authorship of the latter work, which is more conventional biographical writing of historical figures, and his status as a "historian" are called into question.
|Translated title of the contribution
|A study of the Xichao mingchen shilu [Veritable records of eminent Ming officials] attributed to Jiao Hong and the Xu Cangshu attributed to Li Zhi being the same work
|Published - 1986
- Li Zhi (1527-1602)
- Xu Cangshu
- Jiao Hong (1540-1620)
- Xichao mingchen shilu