Zhang Henshui [real name Zhang Xinyuan] 1895-1967

Born in Jiangxi province and began working as a reporter in 1917. In 1924, he finished his first novel, heavily influenced by the romantic 'Mandarin duck and butterflies' school then in vogue. In the 1930s, his popularity reached new heights with the serialization of his best-known novel Tixiao yinyuan [A match of tears and laughter]. In 1949, he published Xiezuo shengya huiyi [Reminiscences of a writing career], a literary memoir, and thereafter concentrated his writings on historical themes.

Works available in English:

  • Madam White Snake (Myra Ellis). Singapore: Federal Publications, 1981.
  • Shanghai Express: A Thirties Novel (William A. Lyell). Honolulu: University of
       Hawaii Press, 1997.
  • The Eternal Love: The Story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai (S.R. Munro).
       Singapore; Hong Kong: Federal Publications, 1991.