First published in 1949.
This book gives the biographical background to the many poems of Po Chü-I (A.D 772-846) and traces the connection between his literary career and the disturbed political life of the time. The volume also provides new translations in whole or in part of about a hundred poems by Po Chü-i.
'To Arthur Waley we are now indebted for the first historical biography of Po Chü-ibut this book is more. It is a social history of the early ninth century in China, though history in a delectable form, for Arthur Waley has a felicitous style, which conceals most careful scholarship.' - Manchester Guardian
'No-where can so much information be obtained about life in the T'ang Dynasty.' - Time and Tide
'…the book bears all the evidence of long and careful research' - The Times