The Time of Wen Tingyun: Rampant Eunuch Power
The Study of Wen Tingyun: Lasting Historical Prejudices
Is Wen Tingyun Writing Another's Dream?
1. Family Background
Clan Origin and Native Place
Remaining Prestige of an Aristocratic Family
Special Social Connections
2. Wen's Birth Year
A Most Abstruse Allusion to the Eunuchs
The Year of Having the Way and Epistle Presented to Prime Minister Pei
Other "Circumstantial Evidence"
3. Before the Year of "Having No Doubts"
Days of Diligent Studies
Far Wanderings and Wen Zao
Journey along the River and Friendship with Buddhist Monks
4. Wen's MarriageA Case of Scandal
Relationship with Wang Ya
An Initial Investigation of the Jianghuai Incident
Further Study and Clarification of the Incident
5. Secret Attendance upon the Heir Apparent
Clues Found in Wen's Works
Evidence Elicited from a Study of Two Epistles
The Hidden Story in Hundred-Rhyme Poem
6. Mystifying Poetry
An Enigma of the Sphinx
Theory Guiding Wen's Poetic Composition
7. Changing Name and Taking the Examination
"Equivalent to Passing" Yet "Failed to Pass"
The Change of Name
8. Highlights during the Dazhong Era
Complications in Wen's Frustrated Efforts
The Truth of the Fourteen Pusaman