Between Tears and Laughter

Between Tears and Laughter

by Lin Yutang

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ISBN-13: 9781789125832
Publisher: Muriwai Books
Publication date: 12/05/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 201
File size: 853 KB

About the Author

Lin Yutang (1895-1976) was a renowned Hokkien Chinese writer, translator, linguist, philosopher and inventor. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, and his compilations and translations of classic Chinese texts into English were bestsellers in the West.

Born on October 10, 1895 in Fukien Province on the Southeast Coast of China, after private tutoring he was accepted at St. John’s University in Shanghai. Upon his graduation from that Christian missionary school, he entered Harvard University’s Graduate School in 1919 to continue his studies in comparative literature and essay writing. He completed his graduate studies and then traveled and studied in France and Germany. In 1923 he returned to China, with a Ph.D. in philology from Leipzig University, to become Professor of English Philology at Peking National University.

In 1926 he moved to Amoy University in the south of China to become dean of the institution’s Arts College. In 1930 he joined the Academia Sinica (a research academy) as foreign language editor and research fellow in philology. He contributed to a number of Chinese publications, later collected under the titles Philological Essays and Critical Essays. In 1932 he founded and edited The Analects Fortnightly, the first humor magazine ever to appear in China.

Lin was the inventor of an index system for Chinese characters and aided in the formulation of a Romanization system of written Chinese.

Dr. Lin returned to the U.S. in 1935 with the manuscript of My Country and My People, which would be followed up by many further works in English over the next 40 years.

During WWII, Dr. Lin devoted much time to United China Relief. In the postwar years, he wrote and lectured about the dangers of Communist growth.

Dr. Lin died in Hong Kong on March 26, 1976, aged 80.

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