Luo Guanzhong


Luo Guanzhong (1330-1400) was a renowned novelist at the turn of the Yuan and Ming dynasties. With the courtesy names of Caiben, Daoben and Huhai Daoren, he was a native of Qingxu in Taiyuan. He was said to be a student of Shi Naian, renowned novelist and author of Outlaws of the Marsh. Luo wrote famous novels such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Romance of the Sui and Tang Dynasties and Romance of the Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties. There are a number of versions of such books today, and many of the books are believed to have been revised during the following generations. He was also said to be the co-author of Outlaws of the Marsh. Among his works, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms is the most famous, which is the first long voluminous chapter fiction in China. It is also a novel with the highest achievement and the most influential in ancient China. A pioneer in voluminous chapter fiction, Luo had helped the genre of novels make a place in Chinese literature.