Qiu Jun 1421-1495

One of the most prolific writers of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Qiu gained the jinshi degree in 1454 whereupon he commenced his official career in the Hanlin Academy. In 1487 Qiu presented to the throne his monumental work Daxue yanyibu [Supplement to Explications to the Daxue], a comprehensive hand-book on public administration, and was promoted to the rank of Minister of Rites. Besides numerous treatises and essays on various subjects, Qiu also wrote a large collection of poetry and drama.