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It's garnered worldwide attention, especially in the Chinese community, as it's considered to be a masterpiece of Chinese literature - on par with Shakespeare in the West.

"The Story of the Stone/A Dream of Red Mansions," written by Cao Xueqin in the mid-18th century during the Qing dynasty, still is required reading for all Chinese. The classic - a daunting tome with close to 400 characters and written in vernacular Chinese, first circulated in woodblock manuscripts until its first print publication in 1791.

The fictional work, largely a love story, chronicles the rise and fall of an aristocratic family in Beijing.

How the manuscript on rice paper, estimated to be at least 175, possibly 200, years old, came to Beaver Falls is fascinating history. But equally so is the story of its discovery in the historical museum.

Betty Anderson of Brighton ...

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