asia Famous Authors from China

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List of the most popular authors from China, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Chinese authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Chinese writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors here include everything from Chen-Ning Yang to Lu Xun.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from China?" and "Who are the best Chinese authors?"

For further information on these historic Chinese authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Chinese authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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Laozi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from China
Laozi Diederichs Gelbe Reihe, Bd.19, Tao Te King

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Ni Kuang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from China
Ni Kuang Gu huo, Li ren jie, Gui jie

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Albert Leung is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from China
Albert Leung 'Once–Lin Xi's 1990s from beginning to end'

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Ai Qing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from China
Ai Qing Selected Poems of Ai Qing, Black eel

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Lu Xun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from China
Lu Xun The True Story of Ah Q, Lu Xun xuan ji, Call To Arms

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Lin Yutang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from China
Lin Yutang The vigil of a nation, A Leaf in the Storm, A history of the press and public opinion in China

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John Woo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from China
John Woo John Woo: Interviews

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Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from China
Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Of Nightingales That Weep

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Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from China
Mao Zedong Reverberations, Mo Takuto goroku, The political thought of Mao Tse-tung

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Ba Jin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from China
Ba Jin Sha ding, Xu ba ji, Ba Jin de nei xin shi jie

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Mo Yan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from China
Mo Yan Red Sorghum, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, The Republic of Wine

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Mike Medavoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from China
Mike Medavoy You're Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films^! 100 Good Films^! and 100 for Which I Should Be Shot

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Mao Dun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from China
Mao Dun Bōjun, Zi ye, Chʻun tsʻan

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Eileen Chang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from China
Eileen Chang The Rice Sprout Song, Naked earth, Written on Water

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Fiona Sit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from China
Fiona Sit F-Trip

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Chen Kaige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from China
Chen Kaige King of the children

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Han Suyin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from China
Han Suyin The Mountain Is Young, A Many-Splendoured Thing, Destination Chungking

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Niki Chow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from China
Niki Chow Cherish, Detailed Little Things, The Child Woman

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Wayne Wang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from China

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Su Tong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from China
Su Tong Wives and Concubines, Shih i chi, Shang xin de wu dao

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Pang Ho-Cheung is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from China

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Bright Sheng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from China
Bright Sheng The Stream Flows, Three Chinese Love Songs, H'un (Lacerations): In Memoriam 1966-1976

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Shiing-Shen Chern is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from China
Shiing-Shen Chern Riemann-Finsler geometry, Chen Xingshen wen xuan, Minimal submanifolds in a Riemannian manifold

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Sima Qian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from China
Sima Qian Records of the Grand Historian, guang zhu yu shi Shi ji jing hua, Tu jie Shi ji

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Gao Xiaosong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from China
Gao Xiaosong Face on the Wall

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Namkhai Norbu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from China
Namkhai Norbu Journey among the Tibetan nomads, Primordial Experienc, The supreme source

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Kai Lai Chung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from China
Kai Lai Chung course in probability theory, Chance & Choice, Green

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Zhuangzi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from China
Zhuangzi Zhuangzi, Bai hua Zhuangzi, Das wahre Buch vom südlichen Blütenland

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Li Yu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from China
Li Yu The Carnal Prayer Mat, Feng zheng wu, Bi mu yu

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Yuen Ren Chao is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from China
Yuen Ren Chao Cantonese primer, Language and symbolic systems, Ambiguity in Chinese

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Geling Yan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from China
Geling Yan Siao Yu, The Lost Daughter of Happiness, Yi ge nu bing di qiao qiao hua

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Gu Long is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from China
Gu Long Juedai Shuangjiao, Feidao Youjian Feidao, Biancheng Langzi

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Chia-Tung Lee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from China
Chia-Tung Lee Communications engineering, A Completeness Theorem and a Computer Program for Finding Theorems Derivable from Given Axioms

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Mervyn Peake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from China
Mervyn Peake Titus Groan, Gormenghast, The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb

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Feng Jicai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from China
Feng Jicai Gao nü ren he ta di ai zhang fu, Voices from the whirlwind, Wo shi Feng Jicai

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Dai Qing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from China
Dai Qing Wo di ru yu, Tiananmen Follies, Liang Shuming Wang Shiwei Chu Anping

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Bo Yang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from China
Bo Yang Poems of a period, Golden Triangle, frontier and wilderness

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Chen Ning Yang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from China
Chen Ning Yang Selected papers (1945-1980), with commentary, Elementary particles

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Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from China
Lang Lang Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story, Dragon Songs

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Cao Xueqin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from China
Cao Xueqin Dream of the Red Chamber, Shi tou ji, Sin-e orciġuluġsan Hūng leo meng bicig

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Wu Cheng'en is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from China
Wu Cheng'en Journey to the West, Baraġunsi jorciġsan temdeglel, Puteshestvie na Zapad

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Hu Shih is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from China
Hu Shih Wo De Fu Qin Mu Qin, China's own critics, The Chinese renaissance

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Liu Xiaobo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from China
Liu Xiaobo Mysteries of Thought and Dreams of Mankind^! 2 volumes, Criticism on Contemporary Chinese Intellectuals, Civil Awakening—The Dawn of a Free China

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Wang Dulu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from China
Wang Dulu Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon #3, Crouching Tiger

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Ivy Ho is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from China

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Ken Yeang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from China
Ken Yeang Rethinking the Skyscraper, Ecodesign, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang

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Confucius is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from China
Confucius The Doctrine Of The Mean, Analects, Book of Rites

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Louis Cha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from China
Louis Cha The Deer and the Cauldron, Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain, Sword Stained with Royal Blood

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Gu Cheng is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from China
Gu Cheng Nameless flowers, Selected poems, Sea of dreams

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Wang Xiaobo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from China
Wang Xiaobo The Pleasure of Thought, Silent Majority, Age of Bronze