Sunday, June 26, 2011

Luo Guanzhong

Luo Guanzhong
Luo Guanzhong (Luo Ben) was a Chinese author of the Ming Dynasty. He was attributed with writing Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo Yanyi), a novel based on the historical events. Luo Guanzhong's novel seems popular and is still the base for many TV series, movies and videogames. He also editing Water Margin, the novel details the trials and tribulations of 108 outlaws during the Song Dynasty. Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Water Margin are two of the four great classical novels of Chinese literatures.

Almost nothing is known about the life of Luo Guanzhong. Luo is confirmed to have lived during the late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty. He was born around 1315 - 1318 A.D. and believed to be from Taiyuan, as stated by his contemporary, play writer Jia Zhongming, who met him in 1364 A.D.

Some historians, however, suggests other possibilities about his home, including Hangzhou and Jiangnan. The scholar Meng Fanren believes Luo Guanzhong can be identified in the pedigree of the Luo family, and Taiyuan is most likely his home town.