Sunday, September 21, 2008

Luo Guanzhong

Luo Guanzhong , born Luo Ben , was a author attributed with writing ''Romance of the Three Kingdoms'' and editing ''Water Margin'', two of the most revered adventure in Chinese literature.


Luo Guanzhong is confirmed to have lived in the end of Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty by the contemporary record by Jia Zhongming , who met him in 1364. It tells that he was from Taiyuan, while literary historians suggests other possibilities about his home, including Hangzhou and Jiangnan. According to Meng Fanren , Luo Guanzhong can be identified in the pedigree of the Luo family, and Taiyuan is most likely his home town.

Recent research has narrowed his date of birth to 1315-1318.

Literary historians are not certain Shi Naian and Luo Guangzhong are the same person, or if the name was used as a pseudonym by the editor of ''Water Margin'' who did not want to be associated with any anti-government themes that might be found in this work.


The stories of ''Romance of the Three Kingdoms'' and ''Water Margin'' are presumed to have been developed by storytellers. The first editor who assembled ''Water Margin'' is thought to be Shi Naian, while Luo Guanzhong the secondary editor who brought it to the current form of 100 chapters. Luo Guanzhong is attributed with ''Romance of the Three Kingdoms'' as the editor, although it is suggested that Shi Naian may also possibly be the editor.

''Pingyao Zhuan'' is a ghost story attributed to Luo Guanzhong with 20 chapters, developed from the original pieces of storytelling based on a rebellion at the end of Northern Song Dynasty, and later enlarged by Feng Menglong into 40 chapters.
''Can Tang Wudai Shi Yanzhuan'' is a chronicle of the end of the Tang Dynasty and the following , a compilation of storytelling pices based on the rebel of .


*''Romance of the Three Kingdoms''
*''Water Margin''
*''Pingyao Zhuan''
*''Sansui Pingyao Zhuan''
*''Can Tang Wudai Shi Yanzhuan''
*''Fenzhuang Lou''
*''Sui Tang Zhizhuan''
*''Sui Tang Liangchao Zhizhuan''

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