These three volumes, Stories Old and New, Stories to Caution the World and Stories to Awaken the World, are the first complete translation of Feng Menglong's three collections of stories which were pivotal in the development of Chinese vernacular fiction. The stories are valuable as examples of early fiction and for their detailed depiction of daily life among a broad range of social classes. The stories are populated by scholars, emperors, officials (both virtuous and corrupt), ministers, generals and a gallery of ordinary men and women in their everyday surroundings -- merchants and artisans, prostitutes and courtesans, matchmakers and fortune-tellers, monks and nuns, servants and maids, pirates, thieves and imposters, spirits and ghosts, Buddhist monks and nuns, etc. The streets and abodes of late-Ming China come alive in Shuhui Yang and Yunqin Yang’s smooth and colorful translation of these entertaining tales. These tales, whose importance in the Chinese literary canon and in world literature is without question, have been compared to Boccaccio's Decameron and the stories of A Thousand and One Nights.