Bits of informationEdit
The Lieyi zhuan includes stories of a wide range of topics all of which tell of strange things and objects, miraculous animals and plants, as well as ghosts and demons and the return of the souls of dead persons. It includes tales of magic and immortality, diviniation and supernatural skills.
It is not clear who the author of the book was and how large it was. The Book of Sui (Sui shu 隋書) mentions a Lieyi zhuan in 3 juǎn 卷 and ascribes it to Emperor Wen 文帝 (Cao Pi). The Old Book of Tang (Jiu Tang shu 舊唐書) also mentions the book, and in 3 juǎn, but to a different author, namely Zhang Hua. Thirdly, there is the New Book of Tang (Xin Tang shu 新唐書), which also ascribes the book to Zhang Hua, but says its only 1 juan large.
Probably the book is by the two men, because some of the passages describe events during Cao Pi's lifetime, and some passages describe events after Cao Pi's death. It could be that it was begun by Cao Pi, and finished by Zhang Hua.
Fragments in Records of the Three KingdomsEdit
Book of Wei 13 - Biography of Hua XinEdit
Book of Wei 14 - Biography of Jiang JiEdit