Chinese literature; writers and poets

Chinese Classics of Literature, Chinese Authors, Chinese Poetry; a List of Top Websites


Authors. A list of Chinese authors, from Wikipedia.


Classic texts, text databases *

Chinese Text Project
Early classical texts with English and modern Chinese translations

Chinese Text Sampler
Annotated collection of classical and modern Chinese literary texts.

Chinese Text Sampler: Readings in Chinese Literature, History, and Popular Culture

Chinese Classics
James Legge’s translations of the Analects of Confucius, the Great Learning, the Doctrine of the Mean, the Works of Mencius and the Tao Te Ching.

The Canonical Books of Confucianism
David K. Jordan

Drama *

Theatre of China. Wikipedia

Classical Chinese Theater. W.W. Norton Anthology of Drama

Top 10 Ancient Chinese Drama Series

MCLC Resource Center
Scholarly studies and translations of modern Chinese literature.



Novels; The Four Great Classical Novels *

Wikipedia entry on The Four Great Classical Novels

Journey to the West


Journey to the West
from the Gutenberg Project

Journey to the West
from Open Lit

Journey to the West
Simplified Chinese

Journey to the West

Journey to the West

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Frontier

Sanguo Yanyi Novel Online 

Chinese romance novels, in English.

75 Most Popular Chinese Romance Internet Novels

Poetry *

Chinese Poetry International

Chinese Poems, a dedicated website.

Top 10 Most Influential Chinese Poems in History

Classical Chinese poetry, from Wikipedia

Top 10 Classic Chinese Love Poems

Classic Chinese Love Poems

Classical Chinese online poetry sites.

Wikipedia entry on Chinese poetry.

21st Century Chinese Poetry

Modern Chinese poetry. Wikipedia


Shengda Literature, an article on Chinese internet literature from The People’s Daily.


Wikipedia entry on Chinese literature.

Writers and Poets *

Bei Dao

Confucius. Analects of Confucius (Kong Zi)

Wikipedia entry.

Du Fu: Poems
A collection of Du Fu’s poetry by multiple translators.

Du Fu’s poems.

Gao Xingjian

Li Bai: Poems
Extensive collection of Li Bai poems in English

New English translations of Li Po with traditional characters

The Art of War
Chinese and English (tr. Lionel Giles) bilingual edition.

The Art of War
Translated by Lionel Giles (1910) at Project Gutenberg.

Art of War audio book.
Free public domain solo recording by Moira Fogarty at Internet Archive.

The Art of War
Wikipedia entry.

Yan, Mo. Mo Yan. Wikipedia entry.

Nobel prize in literature 2012: Mo Yan. The Guardian