Zhu Ziqing

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Zhu Ziqing () (November 22, 1898 - August 12, 1948) (birth name: ) was a renowned Chinese poet and essayist. Zhu studied at Peking University, and during the May Fourth Movement became one of several pioneers of modernism in China during the 1920s. Zhu was a prolific writer of both prose and poetry, but is best known for essays like "Retreating Figure" (Beiying, 《背影》), and "You. Me." (Ni wo,《你我》). His best known work in verse is the long poem: Huimie, (《毀滅》) Destruction.

Early life

In 1916, Zhu graduated from Secondary school and entered Peking University where he fell in love and married Wu Zhongqian. A year later, he changed his name from Zihua to Ziqing, the name change was said to be due to his family's dire economic conditions. Zhu graduated in 1920, and went to various secondary schools in Hangzhou, Yangzhou, Shanghai and Ningbo to teach. During his time as a teacher, he was also active in the poetry circles, and became a well-known poet.


Later, he was appointed professor of Chinese Literature at Tsinghua University in 1925, and on August 1928, he published his first essay collection known as "Retreating Figure". The book became a wild hit and he soon established his name as a prolific author and poet. However, it was also at this time when Zhu's wife died which was a terrible blow to him. From 1931 to 1932 he studied English Literature and Linguistics in London. He married his second wife Madam Chen...
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