Dream of the Red Chamber  

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Dream of the Red Chamber (Chinese: 紅樓夢; pinyin: hóng lóu mèng) or Chronicles of the Stone (Chinese: 石頭記; pinyin: shí tóu jì), written by Cao Xueqin, is one of the greatest masterpieces of Chinese fiction and of the four Classics, written in the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. The title of the novel has translated in a number of ways, with the word "mansion" or "room" (in singular or plural form) being substituted for "chamber," as in Dream of Red Mansions or Dream of Red Rooms.

While the book has a riveting and intricate plot featuring over 350 characters, it can also be read as a study of 18th-century Chinese manners, or as a Buddhist allegory. A lengthy work, the first 80 chapters were written by Cao and the remaining 40 chapters attributed to a Gao E, who published the combined version in 1792. Gao E claimed to have completed the work based on a manuscript by the author.

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