Professor Joseph S. M. Lau of the University of Wisconsin was chiefly responsible for persuading me to undertake the development of this anthology, and my friends at the East Asian literature program of Indiana University enthusiastically supported the plan. The project came to fruition with the patient, prompt, and dedicated collaboration of sixty contributors, bolstered by efficient, knowledgeable help from friends at the Library of Congress, the Harvard-Yenching Library, and the libraries of Columbia University, the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace of Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and other institutions in Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, and Japan.
In addition to translating their respective selections or doing other related research for the project, Ting Wang, Howard Goldblatt, Donald Gibbs, and George Cheng gave me special assistance and worked closely with me throughout the year. Hsü Yü, novelist and literary scholar now in Hong Kong, aided me in designing the framework for this book. May Shih did much of the typing, and Yi Yü dispatched many necessary chores that are too seldom noticed or acknowledged. I want to express my gratitude to all of these, and to many others too numerous to be listed here.