Zhang Kejiu (Chang K'e-chiu) 1270-1348

Yuan-dynasty writer of sanqu. Born in present day Zhejiang province, Zhang served as a minor offical in Ningbo, but spent much of his time travelling. Over 800 sanqu and nine song sequences by him are extant, many of them concerned with the celebration of natural beauty and a Daoist-style retreat from public life. He was much acclaimed in his own time and even regarded as the "Li Bai" of the sanqu genre.