Monkey Translator Dies

Some of you may remember the 1970’s BBC series “Monkey”, the story of how the Monkey king and his friends Pigsy and Sandy accompany the monk Tripitaka on his pilgrimage to find the ancient Buddhist scrolls that will establish peace throughout the world.

The saga, a Japanese television series dubbed into English, was based on the 16th Century Chinese novel by Wu ch’eng-en, “The Journey to the West.”. An unabridged, four-volume, 1,873-page English version of the monk’s mythological narrative was produced by Professor Anthony C. Yu who spent over fifteen years translating the work which is considered to be one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

 

Sadly Professor Yu died last month aged 76.

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