Lin Yutang





Lin Yutang


Born
in Banzi, China
October 10, 1895

Died
March 26, 1976

Genre


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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4.02 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1961 — 9 editions
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Lady Wu

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“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live”
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