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CAO Xueqin (Cáo Xuěqín 曹雪芹)

Bent NIELSEN Cao Xueqin wrote The Story of the Stone, the novel that was the basis of The Dream of the Red Chamber, one of the most celebrated novels in the history of Chinese literature. Cao Xueqin (Ts’ao Hsueh-ch’in) was born in Nanjing into a powerful and wealthy family. Shortly after Cao’s birth, the family became involved in political intrigues, […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, History, Arts, and Culture
LAO She (Lǎo Shě 老舍)

LAO She (Lǎo Shě 老舍)

Bent NIELSEN Drawing of a man being transported in a rickshaw, from the ancient painting manual The Book of Jen Wu. One of Lao She’s best known novels, Rickshaw Boy, portrays the tragic life of a Beijing rickshaw puller. Lao She was the penname of Shu Qingchun, a writer of humorous novels, short stories, and plays that praise the Communist […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, History, Arts, and Culture
SHEN Congwen (Shěn Cóngwén 沈从文)

SHEN Congwen (Shěn Cóngwén 沈从文)

Elizabeth VANDERVEN Shen Congwen, pictured with his wife, the writer Zhang Zhaohe; they were one of China’s most famous literary couples. Shen Congwen wrote poetry, novels, essays, short stories, and novellas. After the Chinese Communist Party took control of the government in 1949, Shen was branded a conservative, and his books were banned. Born in Fenghuang Chen (Phoenix Town), a […]

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Han Yu (Hànyǔ 汉语)

Han Yu (Hànyǔ 汉语)

Nirmal DASS Han Yu was a poet and a Confucian thinker. His carefully wrought essay style earned him a reputation as one of greatest prose writers of the Tang period. This image was included in a book of portraits of famous poets called Wan hsiao tang-Chu chuang—Hua chuan, which was published in 1921. Poet, essayist and Confucian thinker, Han Yu […]

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Ding Ling (Dīng Líng 丁玲)

SHE Xiaojie Ding Ling was one of China’s most popular and productive authors of the twentieth century. She wrote short stories, novels, essays, plays, and parables, totaling more than three hundred works. Her major works described the best and worst of Chinese society. Always popular with the reading public, Ding was both praised and vilified by government leaders during her […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, History, Arts, and Culture
WANG Xizhi (Wang Xizhī 王羲之)

WANG Xizhi (Wang Xizhī 王羲之)

Fatima WU Calligraphy by Wang Xizhi, father and first teacher of master calligrapher Wang Xianzhi. Father and son were called the “two Wangs” of this revered Chinese art form. Wang Xizhi ???, referred to as the “Saint of Calligraphy” in China, was the author of the famous Lantingjixu ???? or Preface to the Orchid Pavilion Gathering. A rare talent who […]

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GUO Moruo (Guō Mòruò 郭沫若)

LU Yan Guo Moruo was a literary figure and cultural leader who is well known as an authority on Chinese ancient history and for his service to the cause of Communist power. Both his acclaimed written works and his public involvement in government and cultural activities led to his reputation as a cultural leader during his time. Guo Moruo was […]

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LU Xun (Lǔ Xùn 鲁迅)

LU Xun (Lǔ Xùn 鲁迅)

Shiao-ling YU Woodblock print from the Lu Xun Memorial Exhibit. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Lu Xun is the best known of modern Chinese writers both at home and abroad. A pioneer in the May Fourth Movement–inspired new literature of the early 1900s, he specialized in the short story, endowing this genre with new form and content. He also experimented […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, History, Arts, and Culture
ZHOU Zuoren (Zhōu Zuōrén 周作人)

ZHOU Zuoren (Zhōu Zuōrén 周作人)

LU Yan Zhou Zuoren in 1912. Zhou was part of the New Culture Movement whose writings championed humanistic over imperial values and the vernacular over classical language. Zhou Zuoren, a leading essayist and social-cultural critic, influenced the development of modern Chinese literature by advocating “Human Literature” (its focus on humanistic as opposed to imperialist values), and by experimenting with styles […]

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TIAN Han (Tián Hàn 田汉)

Shiao-ling YU Tian Han was a founder of the Chinese spoken drama (huaju 话剧) and a prolific writer who produced a large body of plays, operas, and film scripts. His death during the Cultural Revolution 文化大革命 (1966–1976) represented the tragic fate of many Chinese intellectuals caught up in this political upheaval. Tian Han 田汉 was a founder of the Chinese […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, History, Arts, and Culture