Famous Novelists from China

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
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    Li Yaotang (25 November 1904 – 17 October 2005), better known by his pen name Ba Jin and also known as Li Pei Kan, was a Chinese author and political activist best known for his novel The Family. He is considered to be one of the most important and widely read Chinese writers of the 20th century. Ba Jin's son Li Xiao is also a fiction writer.
    • Age: Dec. at 100 (1904-2005)
    • Birthplace: Chengdu, China
  • Cáo Xuěqín ([tsʰǎu ɕɥètɕʰǐn]; Chinese: 曹雪芹); (1715 or 1724 – 1763 or 1764) 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. His given name was Cáo Zhān (曹霑) and his courtesy name was Mèngruǎn (simplified Chinese: 梦阮; traditional Chinese: 夢阮).
    • Age: Dec. at 48 (1715-1763)
    • Birthplace: Nanjing, China
  • Dai Houying

    Dai Houying was a writer.
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1938-1996)
    • Birthplace: Anhui, China
  • Gao Xingjian (born January 4, 1940) 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 (particularly of Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco), 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.
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Ganzhou, China
  • Geling Yan
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    Geling Yan (simplified Chinese: 严歌苓; traditional Chinese: 嚴歌苓; pinyin: Yán Gēlíng; born 16 November 1958) is a prominent Chinese-American writer, author of several novels, short stories and screenplays. Much of her work has been adapted for film. She is currently represented by the Hong Kong-based Peony Literary Agency.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Shanghai, China
  • Gu Cheng
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    Gu Cheng (simplified Chinese: 顾城; traditional Chinese: 顧城; September 24, 1956 – October 8, 1993) was a famous Chinese modern poet, essayist and novelist. He was a prominent member of the "Misty Poets", a group of Chinese modernist poets.
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1956-1993)
    • Birthplace: Beijing, China