Renowned Chinese writer Yang Jiang dies at 105

BY China DailyMay 25,2016 at 16:50

Renowned Chinese writer Yang Jiang, known for her prolific output and marriage to an equally famous author, died Wednesday at age 105, state media said.

Yang died at Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing, according to The Paper, a state-owned news website. It said her death had been confirmed by her publisher, the People's Literature Publishing House.

Citing different sources, Hong Kong station Phoenix TV also confirmed Yang's death, the cause of which was not given.

File photo of Yang Jiang. Photo:Xinhua

File photo of Yang Jiang. Photo:Xinhua

Born in 1911, Yang became a household name in China for her novels, plays, essays and translated works. She was the first to translate Don Quixote into Chinese, and her version is still considered the definitive one by many.

File photo of Yang Jiang. Photo:Xinhua

File photo of Yang Jiang. Photo:Xinhua

Her death was the top search term on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Wednesday, a testimony to her fame and the public adoration she enjoyed.

Her 2003 essay collection We Three, about her family life with her late husband and their daughter, was a best-seller.

Yang Jiang, whose original name was Yang Jikang, married Qian Zhongshu, best known for his novel Fortress Besieged, in 1935, and theirs was widely seen as a model union set against the background of China's turbulent 20th century.

A file photo of Yang Jiang,left, her late husband Qian Zhongshu, right, and their daughter Qian Yuan. Photo: China Daily

A file photo of Yang Jiang,left, her late husband Qian Zhongshu, right, and their daughter Qian Yuan. Photo: China Daily

After Qian's death in 1998, Yang embarked on the task of compiling and editing her husband's unpublished works and remained prolific herself.

In addition to We Three, she published a sequel to her novel Baptism at age 103.

(CHINA DAILY)

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