Yu Ping-bo (Yu P'ing-bo) [real name Yu Mingheng] 1900-1990

Modern writer and expert in classical Chinese literature. Born in Suzhou province, Yu went to Peking University in 1915 and was influenced by the New Culture Movement. After graduation in 1919, he worked as a teacher. He joined the Literary Association in 1921, and the following year published his first collection of poetry entitled Dong ye [Winter nights], a very early example of poetry written in baihua. He subsequently published another two collections of poetry and was represented in the 8-poet anthology Xue zhao [Snowy morning]. Throughout this period, Yu also pursued his research, publishing essays on the novel Hong loumeng. In 1952, he published his Hong loumeng yanjiu a work for which he was later attacked politically.