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Suiyin manlu 隨隱漫錄 "Loose Records of one who Followed into Seclusion"


The Suiyin manlu 隨隱漫錄 "Loose records of one who followed into seclusion" is a biji 筆記 "brush notes" style book written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Chen Shichong 陳世崇, courtesy name Chen Boren 陳伯仁, style Suiyin 隨隱. He came from Chongren 崇仁( (modern Chongren, Jiangxi), or probably from Linchuan 臨川. As a young man he accompanied his father into the Forbidden City and soon obtained a post as a lecturer in the Conversion Hall of the Eastern Palace (Donggong Jiangtang shuoshu> 東宮講堂說書) and *composer of the Two Pala ces (lianggong zhuanshu 兩宮撰述). Later on he worked as a legal researcher in the Capital Security Office (huangchengsi jianfa 皇城司檢法), but was forced to retire under Counsellor-in-chief Jia Sidao 賈似道. He then returned to his home town and began compiling his 5 juan "scrolls" long book.
The Suiyin manlu mainly focuses on poetry critique and is therefore an important source on the history of literature and the life of poets under the late Southern Song 南宋 (1127-1279). The Suiyin manlu is included in the collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書, Baihai 稗海, Gujin wenyi congshu 古今文藝叢書, Biji xiaoshuo daguan 筆記小說大觀 and Songren xiaoshuo 宋人小說.


Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe, vol. 2, p. 2151.
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