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Lu Xun

China's leading literary modernist, Lu Xun (b. 1881 Zhou Shuren in Shaoxing, d. 1936 in Shanghai) pioneered writing in vernacular Chinese at a time when classical Chinese was still China's dominant literary language. Best known outside of China for the biting satire of his short fiction--in particular "The True Story of Ah-Q" and "Diary of a Madman" from his landmark 1923 collection A Call to Arms (1922)--he was also a prolific essayist, translator, and critic. Weeds (1927) collects Lu Xun's...See more