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 long lifetime.
Ding Ling, the pen name of Jiang Bingzhi, was born on 12 October 1904 in Linli,