Duanmu Hongliang [real name Cao Jingping] 1912-

Born in Liaoning province and graduated from Nankai Middle School in Tianjin, then returned to the North-east to join the anti-Japanese cause. He started writing fiction while a student of history at Qinghua University, and his best works date from before 1949. He has also written non-fiction, poetry, political and literary essays and a fictionalised biography of Cao Xueqin.