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Books about the world of the Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone)

I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s? [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

A [Blank] that never was...

We've talked about him before. I was introduced to him in an earlier question. I've bought and read all three books the man has written. But he's given up and won't write anymore. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on May 30, 2006 - 15 answers

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