Ai Nanying 1583-1646

A native of Jiangxi province, Ai demonstrated his literary ability at the age of seven sui with a piece entitled "On the Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove". He became a juren in 1624, but was barred for three successive periods from competing in the Metropolitan examinations for allegedly having ridiculed the eunuch Wei Zhongxian. His collected works in ten juan entitled Tianyongzi ji were published in 1699 by his grandson.