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 Among others are Appreciating Tunes in Yuanshan Hall and Appreciating Plays in Yuanshan Hall by Qi Biaojia, Miscellaneous Reading Notes on Tan Tunes by Ling Mengchu, Heng Qu Zhu Tan by Zhang Qi and Directory of Ancient and Modern Famous Plays by Meng Chengshun. The Mid-Yue School directly pointed out the problems existing then in the playwriting and reviewing, and offered salutary advices to rid the vulgar. Their influence was so great that their ideas were deeply rooted in the work of theatrical theorist Li Yu of early Qing Dynasty.
    Li Lu (1610-1680), or Zhefan, was born in Lanxi. He never threw himself into the official career, but was heavily involved in playwriting and other theatrical activities. His masterpieces are the Ten Tunes of The Old Man With Bamboo Hat, which is legendary, and Leisurely Feelings - on Lyrics and Tunes, which is a theoretical work. The Ten Tunes of The Old Man With Bamboo Hat consists of ten legendary plays, namely, The Mistake of Kite, Life In Vain, Flatfish, Caution Against Marriage, Jade Hair Clasp, A Clever Reunion, Courting The Phoenix, Fancy Destiny, Mirage and The Tender Company. Among them, the Mistake of Kite is the most well known and is often seen on the stage until now. Li Yu's collection of legendaries are well plotted with simple language, thus easy to be staged, but sometimes they might be too delicate.
    The most influential work of Li Yu is his theatrical theories. His Leisurely Feelings is a book on gourmet, plaything, gardening, internal decoration, voice, lyrics and tunes. Among these, there are three chapters, namely, On Lyrics and Tunes, On Rehearsal, and On Performance dealing with principles of playwriting and stage art respectively. They are full of pointed and profound ideas so that they are regarded as the milestone in the history of Chinese artistic theory development. His emphasis on clear theme, fewer main threads, seamless plots and mixture of truth and deceit not only sums up the traditional playwriting practice, but also serves as a guide for the playwriting and performance of the day due to its strong pertinence and feasibility. And his impact could still be felt in today's theater. Li Yu well epitomizes the Chinese theatric theories of Qing Dynasty.
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