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Barry Hughart (born March 13, 1934) is classified as a fantasy author. March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


He was born in Peoria, Illinois and educated at Phillips Academy Andover and Columbia University. During military service in the far east he developed a lifelong interest in China that led him to plan a series set in "an Ancient China that never was". This began with Bridge of Birds (published 1984), which introduced Li Kao, an ancient sage and scholar with "a slight flaw in his character", and his client, later assistant, the immensely strong peasant Number Ten Ox, who narrates the story. : See how it plays in Peoria United States Illinois Peoria 46. ... Bridge of Birds is a fantasy novel by Barry Hughart, first published in 1984. ... Li Kao is a fictional character in Barry Hugharts novels Bridge of Birds, The Story of the Stone, and Eight Skilled Gentlemen. ... Number Ten Ox is a chracter from Barry Hugharts Master Li series, set in a version of ancient China that never was. ...


The book blended Chinese mythology - real and made-up, from a variety of eras - with detective fiction and a gentle, occasionally ironic humour. One version of this myth is recounted under Milky Way:Mythology. The story shares elements with the Japanese festival of Tanabata as well. It has been suggested that Andromeda-Milky Way collision be merged into this article or section. ... People dressed in yukata at Tanabata Tanabata ), meaning Seven Evenings) is a Japanese star festival, derived from Obon traditions and the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi. ...


Bridge of Birds shared the 1985 World Fantasy Award for best novel and won the 1986 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. It was followed by The Story of the Stone (1988), and Eight Skilled Gentlemen (1990). No further books followed, although Hughart's intention was for a series of seven novels, in the last of which Li Kao and Number Ten Ox would die facing the Great White Serpent (a conflict alluded to in Bridge of Birds), but would become minor deities, continuing to cause problems for the August Personage of Jade. First awarded in 1975, the World Fantasy Awards are handed out annually at the World Fantasy Convention (WFC) to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of fantasy. ... This World Fantasy Award is given to the fantasy novel or novels voted best by a panel of judges, and presented each year at the World Fantasy Convention. ... The Mythopoeic Awards for literature and literary studies are given by the Mythopoeic Society to authors of outstanding works in the fields of myth, fantasy, and the scholarly study of these areas. ... The Story of the Stone is a novel by Barry Hughart, first published in 1988. ... Eight Skilled Gentlemen is a novel by Barry Hughart, first published in 1990. ... The Jade Emperor (Chinese: ; pinyin: or 玉帝 Yù Dì), known informally by children and commoners as Heavenly Grandfather (天公 Tiān Gōng) and known formally as the Pure August Jade Emperor or August Personage of Jade (玉皇上帝 Yu Huang Shangdi or 玉皇大帝 Yu Huang Dadi), is the ruler of Heaven according to Chinese...


An omnibus edition entitled The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (ISBN 0-9665436-0-2) was published in 1998. It was illustrated by Kaja Foglio. Kaja Foglio (born 1970) is a Seattle-based writer, artist and publisher. ...


Hughart has blamed the end of his writing career on unsympathetic and incompetent publishers. The style of his books made him difficult to classify and he felt his market was restricted by the decision to sell only to SF/Fantasy outlets. His publishers did not notify him of the awards given Bridge of Birds, and published The Story of the Stone three months ahead of schedule, so that no copies were available when the scheduled reviews appeared, whilst the paperback of Eight Skilled Gentlemen was published simultaneously with the hardback. When his publishers then refused to publish hardback editions of any future books, Hughart found it impossible to afford to continue writing, bringing the series to an end.


He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and may be reached at yrrab@spearnet.net. Nickname: The Old Pueblo Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Pima Government  - Mayor Bob Walkup (R) Area  - City  195. ...


See also: Chinoiserie Chinoiserie refers to an artistic style which reflects Chinese influence and is characterized through the use of elaborate decoration and intricate patterns. ...


External links and references

  • BarryHughart.org
    • Interview with Barry Hughart
  • "Bookstore owner turns publisher," by Sam T Weller. Publishers Weekly, January 25, 1999 (Vol.246, Issue 4), page 23 (Article explaining the circumstances behind the 1998 printing of The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox.)

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Barry Hughart (born March 13, 1934) is classified as a fantasy author.
He was born in Peoria, Illinois and developed a lifelong interest in China that led him to plan a series set in "an Ancient China that never was".
No further books followed, although Hughart's intention was for a series of seven novels, in the last of which Li Kao and Number Ten Ox would die facing the Great White Serpent (a conflict alluded to in Bridge of Birds), but would become minor deities, continuing to cause problems for the August Personage of Jade.
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