Hao Ran (pen name of Liang Jinguang 梁金廣) 1932-2008

The son of landless peasants, Hao Ran is the author of over 100 books, principally fiction. He was the undisputed literary star of the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) and one of the few authors to get through that period unscathed. Before writing his two epic novels of class struggle Yanyangtian 艷陽天 (Bright sunny skies) and Jinguang dadao 金光大道 (The golden road) between 1962 and 1977, he produced several volumes of short stories about life in the villages of Hebei. After the end of the Cultural Revolution, he continued to write until debilitated by illness.