Wang Shifu

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Wang Shifu (Chinese: 王实甫; pinyin: Wáng Shífǔ), courtesy name of Wang Dexin (1250-1337?),[1] was a successful Chinese playwright of the Yuan Dynasty. He was born in Dadu (present-day Beijing), the capital of the Mongol-Yuan Dynasty.

There are 14 plays attributed to Wang and only three are extant.[2] His The Story of the Western Wing (Xi Xiang Ji) is one of the most famous Chinese plays and is still popular today. It is an amplified zaju (杂剧), a then popular theatrical form.[3]


  1. ^ Tres dramas chinos Gredos, 2002 ISBN 978-84-249-2358-7. Several dates are given for his death. The Britannica establishes it in 1337 [1]
  2. ^ Britannica Article, Alicia Relinque in Tres dramas chinos says only two complete works survived
  3. ^ Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idema, "Introduction," Wang, The Moon and the Zither.


  • Wang, Shifu, Edited and Translated with an Introduction by Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idema; with a Study of Its Woodblock Illustrations by Yao Dajuin. The Moon and the Zither: The Story of the Western Wing. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991. ISBN 0520068076.

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