(second name, Lo Wen). Born circa 1330; died circa 1400. Chinese writer. Participant in the struggle with the Mongolian conquerors.
Lo Kuan-chung wrote the popular Chinese heroic epic The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which depicted the internecine struggle among the rulers of the three kingdoms after the fall of the Han dynasty (third century). Lo Kuan-chung based his treatment of historical figures and events on the oral epic Tale of Three Kingdoms (12th and 13th centuries) and on folk dramas of the 13th and 14th centuries rather than on official history. While praising the heroic past, he also condemned fratricidal strife and called for unification of the country. His drama The Alliance of the Dragon and the Tiger is close in concept to The Romance of The Three Kingdoms.
WORKSIn Russian translation: Troetsarstvie, vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1954.
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San kuo yeni yenchiu lunwen chi. Peking, 1957.