Who’s Tops in Chinese Lit? – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei:

Sina and Bertelsmann are currently running a poll to determine the top 100 Chinese-language authors. Three hundred are on the list, ranging from ancient philosophers like Confucius and Laozi to the luminaries of the New Culture movement to contemporary writers of online fantasy epics. Voters can write in names if they feel that someone has been left out (Hai Zi, or Mao Zedong, for example*). [Full Text]

The current top ten at post time are:

1. Lu Xun 鲁迅(Call to Arms and other May 4 hits)
2. Cao Xueqin 曹雪芹(Dream of the Red Mansions)
3. Ba Jin 巴金(Family)
4. Louis Cha 查良镛(wuxia fiction)
5. Li Bai 李白 (Tang poetry)
6. San Mao 三毛(travel writing)
7. Confucius 孔子 (The Analects)
8. Bing Xin 冰心(Letters to Young Readers)
9. Yu Qiuyu 余秋雨 (essays about travel and culure)
10. Han Han 韩寒 (post-80s fiction)

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