Translations of Dream of the Red Chamber

The Hawkes translation, distinguished by meticulous research and a lively, elegant prose style, succeeds in being a magnificent novel in its own right. It has been called “one of the best translations into English of our time.” The Yang translation, while accurate, suffers from being too literal, and is sometimes stilted.

1. The Story of the Stone (one of the alternate titles of the book), translated by David Hawkes and John Minford (5 volumes).

2. A Dream of Red Mansions, translated by Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang (4 volumes).