Annotated Quotations from Chairman Mao

John DeFrancis

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March 1, 1975
336 pages, 7 x 10
ISBN: 9780300018707
Paper

Students and teachers will welcome this new addition to the DeFrancis series of Chinese language texts.  The famous little red book of Mao Tse-tung’s thoughts contains basic ideas that permeate virtually all discussion in China of a wide range of topics – war and peace, socialism and communism, culture and art, women and youth, study and education, politics and government, economics and philosophy, morality and ethics, and so on.  The Annotated Quotations provides the original Chinese text together with a complete pinyin transcription.  The annotation includes regular characters, simplified forms, pinyin transcription, and English definitions.  Structural notes are provided for passages of special difficulty.  A cumulative glossary of first occurrences of all characters and vocabulary items not in the Index Volume to the DeFrancis series concludes the work. 
From the point of view of language teaching, an important feature of Chairman Mao’s book is that its didactic objective has resulted in precisely the kind of repetition and review that textbook writers work hard to achieve.  Furthermore, his writing style is generally simple and clear, and there are few extremely rare characters.  For students at various levels of language competence starting at the level of DeFrancis’s Beginning Chinese Reader, Part II, the Annotated Quotations provides an excellent introduction to the vast body of materials published in the People’s Republic of China. 

"This textbook will be welcomed by many students and teachers of Chinese. . . . The book includes a full vocabulary (supplementing the Index volume to DeFrancis' previous textbooks) which is given both in order of appearance of the individual expressions and in alphabetical order. But its main feature is the parallel text: alongside each quotation in Chinese characters is printed the same text in pinyin—the official Chinese romanisation system. As the editor points out, this constitutes one of the most extensive pinyin texts in existence."—China Now

"The text itself bears no annotation references, so that it may be read without distraction. At the back appear vocabulary listings for items new to DeFrancis readers organized under the quotation numbers in which they appear. Grammatical and other notes are given in a separate list, again organized in quotation-number order. Variant character forms make a third list, arranged as a stroke number index, and finally there is an alphabetically arranged pinyin index of all new items. With such meticulously arranged guidance the reader of any level of ability can work his way through the quotations."—The China Quarterly

"This is a welcome and timely contribution to the profession. . . . Nowhere, to my knowledge, exists another pinyin text of the Quotations booklet, not to say one with both the character and pinyin texts conveniently arranged together in the same volume. . . . Highly recommendable for adoption as a fine text."—Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association
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