Lin Yutang Biography
(One of the Most Well-Known Twentieth-Century Chinese Writers)
Birthday: October 10, 1895 (Libra)
Born In: Banzai, Fujian, Zhangzhou, China
Lin Yutang was a Chinese writer who worked efficiently towards bridging the cultural gap between east and west through his effective writing style. He is considered to be one of the best known essayists of his time. His essay writings always showcased his love for self-expression and perfectly merged sophistication and casualness together. These qualities found him large number of audiences. As a journalist, he wrote independent criticisms and took to an intimate style of writing so as to get more connected to his readers. His desire for literary renewal buzzed throughout his academic life. Lin also translated many classic Chinese works into English, which became bestsellers in the West. Even though he was a Christian, he embraced Buddhism and Taoism in his mid-life, only to rediscover Christianity later in his life. He always looked upon communism and socialism as means to put an end to the miseries of people. He simplified and promoted Chinese philosophy and way of living in order to make it approachable for people.