Assorted Collection of Ancient Humor(古今笑丛)
Gogeumsochong is a collection of droll tales, comprising eleven different humor anthologies compiled from early to late Joseon.
A mimeograph edition of the collection’s first volume was published anonymously in 1959, which was preceded by Joseongogeumsochong (Assorted Collection of Ancient Humor from Joseon) in 1947, the first edition of which included Eosurok (Records to Chase Away Languor); the second edition including Chondamhaei (Annotated Collection of Village Tales); and the third Eomyeonsun (Shield Against Languor). In 1970, a total of three hundred and seventy-nine droll tales were collected under the title Gogeumsochong, which included the both the Chinese-character texts and the Hangeul translations, and in 2008, the entire original collection from Joseon was published in five volumes. The full collection comprises a total of eight hundred and twenty- two tales in eleven anthologies: one hundred and forty-six tales in Taepyeonghanhwagolgyejeon (Collection of Humorous Tales of Leisure); eighty- two tales in Eomyeonsun; thirty-two in the sequel Sokeomyeonsun; ten in Chondamhaei; seventy- nine in Myeongyeopjihae (Calendar Collection of Humor); sixty-three Pasurok (Records to Break Languor); one hundred and twenty- nine in Eosusinhwa (New Tales to Chase Away Languor); forty-nine in Jindamnok (Record of Miscellaneous Tales); eighty in Seongsupaeseol (Miscellaneous Tales to Chase Away Languor); sixty-six in Gimun (Strange Tales); and eighty- six in Gyosujapsa (Collection of Tales to Chase Away Languor).