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“In Search of Korean Classical Literature” is by Im Hyeong-taek, a professor of classical Chinese at Sungkyunkwan University. He compiled 40 pieces of ancient Korean literature written between the 14th and 20th centuries. Each work reveals the culture and thought of ancient Koreans. Among them, the writings of Joseon scholars are the brightest attraction.
“Literature is the most important inheritance from our ancestors,” Im writes. “In ancient books, we find an abundance of knowledge and creativity still helpful to our contemporary lives. However, Koreans don’t seem to value ancient Korean literature. Bearing a Western perspective, Koreans avoided or ignored their literary heritage.” The 725-page book, published by Hangilsa, is 26,000 won ($28).
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