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Brief Introduction

“Shuowen Jiezi” is a dictionary organized by the first part of the Han nationality according to the radicals, analyzing the shape of the characters, explaining the meaning of the characters, identifying the pronunciation, and studying the origin of the characters. higher achievement. Xu Shen created 540 radicals based on the shape of the characters, and classified 9,353 characters into them, which preserved the shape, sound, and meaning of Chinese characters before the Eastern Han Dynasty to the greatest extent possible, and at the same time fully reflected the encyclopedic knowledge before the Eastern Han Dynasty. This publication is based on the one-line script, which was reprinted by Chen Changzhi according to Sun Xingyan’s reprint of the Daxu edition of the Song Dynasty, in the 12th year of the Tongzhi reign (1873), referring to the research results of “Shuowen” and ancient philology of the past dynasties, divided into the original text and annotations. , translation, reference to four parts, organized word by word. What is particularly worth mentioning is that this book is presented in simplified Chinese characters, and the necessary traditional Chinese characters are retained when describing the characters, and the phonetic sequence and stroke check character table that take into account the traditional and simplified characters are also provided, so that the originally obscure and incomprehensible “Shuowen Jiezi”. “, which has truly become “Shuowen Jie Zi”, which is appreciated by both refined and popular, and which ordinary people can “read and understand”.

About the Author

【About the Author】
Xu Shen (about 58-147), courtesy name Shuzhong, was born in Zhaoling, Runan (now Luohe, Henan) in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Uncle Xu”. Author of “Shuowen Jiezi” and “Five Classics Different Meanings” and so on. The first draft of “Shuowen Jiezi” was completed in the 12th year of Emperor Hedi’s Yongyuan reign (100), and it was not until September of the first year of Emperor An’s Jianguang (121) that he sent his son Xu Chong to present it to the emperor. He is famous for his “Shuowen Jiezi”, later generations called “Shuowen” “Xu Shu”, and his biography was called “Xu Xue”.


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