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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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