Ding Yaokang 1599-1669

Born into a family of officials in late Ming dynasty Shandong, Ding had limited success in the civil service examinations and held minor posts in the Qing (1644V1912) government. Much of Dings poetry and drama expresses grief at the fall of the Ming and a Buddhist or Taoist wish to escape from the world. Many of his works were destroyed as a result of war and censorship. He is most famous for the novel Xu Jin Ping Mei ~ (Plum in the golden vase, a continuation) for which he was imprisoned in 1665 because of its eroticism and alleged anti-Qing bias.

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