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Persons in Chinese History - Xu Le 徐樂

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Xu Le 徐樂 was an official of the mid-Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE). He came from Wuzhong 無終 (modern Jixian 薊縣, Hebei) and once submitted a memorial to Emperor Wu 漢武帝 (r. 141-87 BCE) admonishing him to exert a benevolent, wise and civilized government. Xu Le was appointed gentleman of the interior (langzhong 郎中). He is credited with the authorship of a book called Xu Le shu 徐樂書 that is in fact the text of the memorial he submitted. It was already lost during the Later Han period 後漢 (25-220 CE) , but there are some fragments of it preserved in the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Ma Guohan's 馬國翰 collection Yuhan shanfang jiyi shu 玉函山房輯佚書.

Source: Cang Xiuliang 倉修良 (ed. 1996), Hanshu cidian 漢書辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), p. 569.

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