Lin Yutang


Born
in Banzi, China
October 10, 1895

Died
March 26, 1976

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Prolific writer of a wide variety of works in Chinese and English; in the 1930s he founded several Chinese magazines specializing in social satire and Western-style journalism.

Lin, the son of a Chinese Presbyterian minister, was educated for the ministry but renounced Christianity in his early 20s and became a professor of English. He traveled to the United States and Europe for advanced study; on his return to China, he taught, edited several English-language journals, and contributed essays to Chinese literary magazines.

In 1932 Lin established the Lunyu banyuekan (“Analects Fortnightly”), a type of Western-style satirical magazine totally new to China at that time. It was highly successful, and he soon introduced two more publications. In
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My Country And My People

4.20 avg rating — 344 ratings — published 1935 — 24 editions
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The Wisdom of Confucius

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4.10 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 1941 — 9 editions
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The Gay Genius: The Life an...

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Famous Chinese Short Stories

3.77 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1952 — 10 editions
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The Wisdom of China and India

4.32 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1942 — 2 editions
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The Red Peony

3.87 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1961 — 12 editions
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Lady Wu

3.44 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1950 — 11 editions
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“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live”
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“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.”
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