Lie Kim Hok is the Chinese-Indonesian author of the 200-page poem Sair Tjerita Siti Akbari. The well-known poem, written in the Malay language, is the subject of a new featured article.
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Sair Tjerita Siti Akbari (nom) by Crisco 1492. An 1884 Malay-language syair (poem) by Lie Kim Hok that was indirectly adapted from Raja Ali Haji's 1846 poem Sjair Abdoel Moeloek. The poem tells of a woman who passes as a man to free her husband from the Sultan of Hindustan, and was written over a period of several years and influenced by European literature. Siti Akbari had two reprints and a film adaptation in 1940.
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