Nelson I. Wu,吳訥孫 2008
.....對於美好東西的形容，似乎只剩下美不勝收和多采多姿兩句陳腐的濫調.....(鹿橋歌未央 臺北:臺灣商務2006 頁108)
鹿橋歌未央 一書還有不少缺點 譬如說到21世紀了還不知道梁宗岱的消息(頁107) 不過它保持了一些還未成書的資訊
我景仰的作家 鹿橋 晚年寫市廛集(台北:時報)
【廛】ㄔㄢˊ 解釋 古代城市中可供平民居住的宅地。說文解字：廛，二畝半也，
Nelson I. Wu,吳訥孫
該書有第一手資料 鹿橋，原名吳訥孫，英文名Nelson Ikon Wu(Ikon是他的小名音譯)。1919年6月9日生于北京，先後就學于燕京大學、國立西南聯合大學、耶魯大學，1954年在耶魯大學取得美術史博士學 位；又先後在舊金山大學、耶魯大學、聖路易斯華盛頓大學執教。 鹿橋是一位“左手寫詩篇右手寫論文”的學者，集學術理性與文學感性于一身的作家；他不僅對中國藝術史的研究頗有建樹，還著有《未央歌》、《人子》、《懺情 書》《市廛集》等暢銷作品。 2002年3月19日鹿橋病逝于波士頓，享每83歲。
香港文學史家司馬長風先生在他的《中國新文學史》中 把鹿橋的《未央歌》看作抗日戰爭和戰後期間長篇小說的“四大巨峰”之一。另外三部是：巴金的《人間三部曲》、沈從文的《長河》、無名氏的《無名書》。而 《未央歌》“尤使人神往”，“讀來幾乎無一字不悅目、無一句不賞心”。當年，鹿橋是靠朋友找紙張，連鋼筆墨水都得加水調稀。為了躲警報，他的寫作多半是在 防空洞裏完成的。自1945年完成之後，由于戰爭等原因，這部作品分別于1959年和1967年才在香港自印千冊留百冊、臺灣版由商務印書館印行。
Chinese and Indian architecture: The city of man, the mountain of God, and the realm of the immortals (Great ages of world architecture)
by Nelson Ikon Wu (Author)
- Unknown Binding: 128 pages
- Publisher: Studio Vista (1968)
Nelson I. Wu, professor emeritus, 82
By Liam Otten
Nelson Ikon Wu, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scholar of Asian art and architecture, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, of cancer at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline, Mass. He was 82. Wu, the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and Chinese Culture in Arts & Sciences, came to the University in 1965, becoming a key figure for the promotion of Asian art in St. Louis and, in 1971, a founder of the Asian Art Society. He was named professor emeritus in 1984.
Additionally, Wu was a best-selling author in China and Taiwan, writing under the pen name Lu Ch'iao. His novel Song Never to End (1958), about the friendships between four young people during the Second Sino-Japanese War, has sold more than 500,000 copies and in 1991 was voted most influential book of the 1950s by readers of the Taiwan-based newspaper China Times, the nation's largest daily.
"Nelson was an extremely charismatic figure with a large following on campus and in St. Louis," said Mark S. Weil, Ph.D., the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts and director the Gallery of Art. "Every year around Christmas, he would give a lecture celebrating Pan-Asian spirituality that filled Steinberg Auditorium."
Born June 9, 1919, in Peking, Wu earned a bachelor's degree from the National Southwest Associated University in Kunming in 1942 and came to the United States in 1945. He attended the New School for Social Research in New York before earning both a master's and doctorate in art history from Yale University, in 1949 and 1954, respectively.
While at Yale, Wu met the former Mu-lien Hsueh, a Wellesley College graduate also born in Peking. The couple wed in 1951.
Wu taught at Yale, San Francisco State College and Koyoto University in Japan before coming to St. Louis.
His many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Research Scholarship. In 1998, Washington University and the Saint Louis Art Museum inaugurated the annual Nelson I. Wu Lecture on Asian Art and Culture.
Wu is survived by Mu-lien and four children -- daughter Chao-ting and sons Chao-ming, Chao-ping and Chao-ying.
A small family service was held March 22. Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington University East Asian Library Nelson I. Wu Memorial Book Fund, Campus Box 1061.
Lothar von Falkenhausen delivers Washington University's Nelson Wu Lecture
UCLA Art Historian speaks on "The Musical Archaeology of Ancient China: A Presentation of Art and Music"By Clayton Dube
Lothar von Falkenhausen, professor of art history, delivered the Sixth Annual Nelson I. Wu Memorial Lecture on Asian Art and Culture at Washington University on October 23, 2003. Prof. Von Falkenhausen's presentation focused on bronze bells and music making in China from ancient times to the present.
Music was a critical part of state rituals in China. Different Chinese states had their own tonal systems and inscriptions on bells include markers indicating the tones they were capable of. This is a technological marvel, according to Prof. von Falkenhausen, as modern bell makers cannot be sure of a bell's tone prior to its completion. Among the most stunning of the surviving bells are those excavated in 1978 from the 4th century BCE tomb of Marquis Yi. It appears that musicians could use these bells to replicate the tonal systems of other states to honor visiting dignitaries. These bells were capable of two tones each, a capability that bell-makers seem to have lost in the ensuing century.
Prof. von Falkenhausen joined the UCLA faculty in 1993 after teaching at Stanford University and UC Riverside. He earned his bachelor's degree at Bonn University and took his master's degree and doctorate at Harvard University. Editor of the Journal of East Asian Archaeology, Prof. von Falkenhausen's many publications include his 1993 book Suspended Music (University of California Press), and articles and book chapters, including "The Waning of the Bronze Age: Material Culture and Social Developments, 770-481 BC" in the Cambridge History of Ancient China. Since 1999, Prof. von Falkenhausen has served as the co-director of a UCLA-Beijing University archaeological project examining Yangzi River Basin salt works. During his visit to Washington University he made a seperate presentation on the current excavation underway along the Ganjing River, a Yangzi tributary.
Nelson Ikon Wu was a Washington University professor of art and architecture, known for his extensive work promoting interest in and understanding of Asian art. He's was a widely published writer of fiction under his Chinese pen name Lu Chiao. His novel Song Never to End was published in 1958 and sold more than half a million copies. Prof. Wu passed away in March, 2002 at age 82. The talk was co-sponsored by the St. Louis Art Museum.
This report draws upon information from Jenny Bazzetta's report in the spring 2004 newsletter of the East Asian Studies program at Washington University (distributed Nov. 2004) and the Washington University Record.
Date Posted: 11/16/2004