Recently, Victor Mair, the translator of our new edition of Sun Zi’s classic work, The Art of War, was interviewed by Marty Moss-Coane on Philadelphia NPR station WHYY. Listen to the interview, which discusses whether Sun Zi was in fact the true author of The Art of War and the modern impact of this ancient Chinese text.
Victor Mair is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and Harvard University. He is professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania and is the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers, an academic journal that examines diverse aspects of Chinese language, script, and culture, paying particular attention to historical relationships with other societies in Eurasia. For the past two decades, he has led a major international investigation of the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age peoples of Eastern Central Asia, a project that has resulted in numerous publications and several films. His Columbia books include The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature and The Columbia History of Chinese Literature.