Book reviewStyle, Wit and Word-Play: Essays in Translation Studies in Memory of David Hawkes Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 320 pp. ISBN 10: 1443835714 / 13: 978-1443835718 US$67.99
Reviewed by Duoxiu Qian
Beihang University, Beijing
David Hawkes (1923–2009), the distinguished British sinologist and indefatigable translator of Chinese literary works, studied Chinese language and literature under the guidance of Arthur Waley (1889–1966) at Oxford University. From 1948 to 1951, he did his postgraduate study at Peking University, focusing on Chinese studies. He returned to Oxford in 1951 to finish his study and became a lecturer in Oxford upon graduation in 1953. From 1959 to 1971, he was the Chair Professor of Chinese at Oxford. Later, he became Emeritus Fellow of the University. In his life-long teaching and research career in Oxford, he supervised many students who are now working at various universities all over the world, actively engaged in the transmission of Chinese literature to the West.