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List of notable or famous novelists from China, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in China and even some popular novelists who immigrated to China. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Chinese novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from China is included when available.

This list features Gao Xingjian, Cao Xueqin and more.

This historic novelists from China list can help answer the questions "Who are some Chinese novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from China?" These prominent novelists of China may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Chinese novelists.

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Ba Jin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from China
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Ba Jin


Li Yaotang, courtesy name Feigan, is considered to be one of the most important and widely read Chinese writers of the 20th century. He wrote under the pen name of Ba Jin, also known as Li Pei-Kan and Pa Kin, taking his pseudonym from Russian anarchists Bakunin and Kropotkin. Ba Jin started writing his first works in the late 1920s. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 101 (1904-2005)

Birthplace: Chengdu, China

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Cao Xueqin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from China
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Cao Xueqin was a Chinese writer during the Qing dynasty. He is best known as the author of Dream of the Red Chamber, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 48 (1715-1763)

Birthplace: Nanjing, China

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Dai Houying


Dai Houying was a writer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 58 (1938-1996)

Birthplace: Anhui, China

Gao Xingjian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from China
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Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity.” He is also a noted translator, screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter. In 1998, Gao was granted French citizenship. Gao's drama is considered to be fundamentally absurdist in nature and avant-garde in his native China. His prose works tend to be less celebrated in China but are highly regarded elsewhere in Europe and the West. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 78

Birthplace: Ganzhou, China

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