The compilation was first circulated in manuscript form before it was published posthumously. Sources differ in their account of the year of publication. One source claims the Strange Tales were published by Pu's grandson in 1740. However, the earliest surviving print version was printed in 1766 in Hangzhou.
Pu is believed to have completed the majority of the tales sometime in 1679, though he could have added entries as late as 1707.
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