(pen name of Su Hsü-anying). Born 1884; died 1918. Chinese writer and translator.
Although a Buddhist monk, Su Man-shu took part in the revolutionary events of the early 20th century and wrote articles for the opposition newspapers Kuomin jih-pao and Chung-kuo jih-pao. His first published work was the autobiographical novella The Lonely Swan (1912; Russian translation, 1971), which dealt with the tragic love of a young Buddhist monk. The theme of pure tragic emotion was also developed in the short stories “The Cherry-colored Tulle,” “The Saber,” “The Broken Hairpin,” and “It Is Not a Dream.”
The first original Chinese romanticist, Su Man-shu wrote melancholy and lyrical poetry. He translated into Chinese a number of works by European romanticists, as well as Kalidasa’s Abhijnana-shakuntala; he also translated Chinese classical poetry into English.
WORKSMan-shu ta-shih ch’üan-chi. Hong Kong, 1959.
REFERENCEMcAleavy, H. Su Man-shu: A Sino-Japanese Genius. London, 1960.
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