Wu Jianren 吳趼人 1866-1910

Also known as Wu Woyao 吳沃堯 and Wofoshanren 我佛山人, was a native of Foshan, Guangdong province. Wu became a journalist in Shanghai in the 1890s and started publishing novels in 1903. His most famous works include Jiuming qiyuan 九命奇冤 [The strange case of nine murders], Tong shi 痛史 [Annals of sorrow], and Ershinian mudu zhi guai xianzhuang 二十年目睹之怪現狀 [Bizarre happenings eyewitnessed over two decades], the latter being recognized as one of the greatest novels of late Qing China.