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Cao Yu

  • Chinese playwright
  • Born September 24, 1910
  • Died December 13, 1996

Cao Yu (Chinese: 曹禺; Wade–Giles: Ts'ao Yü, September 24, 1910—December 13, 1996) was a Chinese playwright, often regarded as China's most important of the 20th century. His best-known works are Thunderstorm (1933), Sunrise (1936) and Peking Man (1940). It is largely through the efforts of Cao Yu that the modern Chinese "spoken theater" took root in 20th-century Chinese literature. Cao Yu is regarded as the paramount playwright of modern Chinese drama, "enthroned as China's Shakespeare" according to The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama.


For a writer, published works are like fallen flowers, but the expected new work is like a calyx waiting to blossom.




For a writer, life is always too short to write. I will just try my best during what remains of my life.




As society diversifies, the number of people who read literature is decreasing. It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature.



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