Famous Chinese Novelists

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 1 
J. G. Ballard
(Novelist, Writer, Autobiographer, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer)

J. G. Ballard
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Birthdate: November 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shanghai
Died: April 19, 2009

J. G. Ballard was an English novelist, satirist, short story writer, and essayist. Renowned for his uniqueness, Ballard's style of fiction is referred to as Ballardian in the literary world. Many of his works have inspired movies, such as Crash and High-Rise. J. G. Ballard’s work has also inspired other popular writers like John Gray, Terry Dowling, and Lee Killough.

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Mo Yan
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)

Mo Yan
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Birthdate: February 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gaomi, Shandong, China

Nobel Prize-winning Chinese author Mo Yan is best known for his novel Red Sorghum Family, which was later made into a film. His novel Big Breasts and Wide Hips was dragged into controversy for its sexual content, and the Communist Party made Yan withdraw the book from publication.

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Jin Yong
(Novelist and journalist, he co-founded and edited Ming Pao, a Hong Kong daily newspaper.)

Jin Yong
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Birthdate: March 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haining, Jiaxing, China
Died: October 30, 2018

Jin Yong was a Chinese wuxia novelist and essayist. He is credited with co-founding the popular Hong Kong publication Ming Pao, for which he served as the first editor-in-chief. Jin Yong is regarded as one of the most popular and greatest wuxia writers of all time. His works have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, English, and Japanese.

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 4 
Adrienne Clarkson
(26th Governor General of Canada)

Adrienne Clarkson
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Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Central, Hong Kong

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Mary Hayley Bell
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Birthdate: January 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: December 1, 2005

 6 
Zhang Ailing
(Writer)

Zhang Ailing
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Birthdate: September 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 8, 1995

 7 
Mervyn Peake
(Writer)

Mervyn Peake
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Birthdate: July 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuling, China
Died: November 17, 1968
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 8 
Lin Yutang
(One of the Most Well-Known Twentieth-Century Chinese Writers)

Lin Yutang
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Birthdate: October 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Banzai, Fujian, Zhangzhou, China
Died: March 26, 1976

Son of a Christian minister, Lin Yutang was initially supposed to join the ministry but later rejected Christianity to become a professor. His works include several Chinese and English books, such as Moment in Peking. He also introduced the concept of satire magazines in China with Lunyu banyuekan.

 9 
Qian Zhongshu
(Scholar)

Qian Zhongshu
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Birthdate: November 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wuxi, China
Died: December 19, 1998

 10 
Gao Xingjian
(Novelist, Playwright, Painter)

Gao Xingjian
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Birthdate: January 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ganzhou, China

 11 
Han Suyin
(Best Known for Her Novel 'A Many-Splendoured Thing' and 'The Crippled Tree')

Han Suyin
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Birthdate: September 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Xinyang, China
Died: November 2, 2012

Born to a Chinese father and a Belgian mother in China, Han Suyin initially studied medicine and also worked as a midwife. During her medical practice in Hong Kong, she was in a relationship with a married Australian war reporter, which was the basis of her iconic novel A Many-Splendoured Thing.

 12 
Wu Cheng'en
(Novelist)

Wu Cheng'en
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Huai’an, China
Died: 1582 AD

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Luo Guanzhong
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Birthdate: 1330 AD
Birthplace: Taiyuan
Died: 1400 AD

 14 
Ha Jin
(Writer)

Ha Jin
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Birthdate: February 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: China

 15 
Cao Xueqin
(Writer)

Cao Xueqin
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Birthdate: 1724 AD
Birthplace: Nanjing, China
Died: 1763 AD

 16 
Lao She
(Novelist, Dramatist)

Lao She
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Birthdate: February 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing
Died: August 24, 1966

 17 
Yu Hua
(Writer, Screenwriter)

Yu Hua
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Birthdate: April 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hangzhou

 18 
Wang Dulu
(writer)

Wang Dulu
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Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: Beijing
Died: 1977 AD

 19 
Ding Ling
(Author)

Ding Ling
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Birthdate: October 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Linli, China
Died: March 4, 1986

 20 
Shen Congwen
(Writer)

Shen Congwen
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Birthdate: December 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fenghuang, China
Died: May 10, 1988

 21 
Tian Han
(Author)

Tian Han
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Birthdate: March 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Changsha, China
Died: December 10, 1968

 22 
Mao Dun
(Essayist)

Mao Dun
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Birthdate: July 4, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tongxiang, China
Died: March 27, 1981

 23 
Xiao Hong
(Writer)

Xiao Hong
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Birthdate: June 2, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hulan District, Harbin, China
Died: January 22, 1942

 24 
Bing Xin
(Writer)

Bing Xin
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Birthdate: October 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fuzhou, China
Died: February 28, 1999

 25 
Li Yu
(Playwright & Novelist)

Li Yu
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Birthdate: 1610 AD
Birthplace: Rugao, Nantong, China
Died: 1680 AD

 26 
Yuan Zhen
(Author)

Yuan Zhen
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Birthdate: 0779 AD
Birthplace: Luoyang, China
Died: September 2, 0831

Tang dynasty author and politician Yuan Zhen, who penned the iconic work Yingying's Biography, is remembered for his use of the guwen, or the ancient Chinese prose style. Part of the literary circle that included legendary poet Bai Juyi, he viewed literature as a way to improve society.

 27 
Yu Lihua
(Writer)

Yu Lihua
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Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: April 30, 2020

 28 
Liu Binyan
(Author)

Liu Binyan
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Birthdate: February 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Changchun, China
Died: December 5, 2005

 29 
Wu Jingzi
(Scholar)

Wu Jingzi
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Birthdate: 1701 AD
Birthplace: Quanjiao County, Chuzhou, China
Died: January 11, 1754

 30 
Zhao Shuli
(Novelist)

Zhao Shuli
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Birthdate: September 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Qinshui County, Jincheng, China
Died: September 23, 1970

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Bian Zhilin
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Birthdate: December 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haimen, China
Died: December 2, 2000

 32 
Du Guangting
(Writer)

Du Guangting
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Birthdate: 0850 AD
Birthplace: Zhejiang, China
Died: 0933 AD

 33 
Zhang Tianyi
(Writer)

Zhang Tianyi
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Birthdate: September 26, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nanjing, China
Died: April 28, 1985

 34 
Zhang Ziping
(Writer)

Zhang Ziping
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Birthdate: May 24, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Meizhou, China
Died: December 2, 1959

 35 
Baren
(Writer)

Baren
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Birthdate: October 19, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fenghua District, Ningbo, China
Died: 1972 AD