Shi Nai'an

1296 - 1372

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Shi Nai'an (Chinese: 施耐庵; pinyin: Shī Nài'ān, c. 1296–1372) was a Chinese writer from the Yuan and early Ming periods. Shuihu zhuan (Water Margin), one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, is traditionally attributed to him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shi Nai'an has received more than 116,061 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Shi Nai'an is the 1,112th most popular writer (up from 1,208th in 2019), the 315th most popular biography from China (up from 334th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Chinese Writer.

Shi nai'an is most famous for its production of tea, which is a major agricultural product in the area.

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Notable Works

Shui hu zhuan
Chinese fiction, Ming dynasty
Tells the story of 108 legendary heroes at the end of the Song Dynasty, who fought for justice for the poor.
Yi-bai-er-shi huide shui hu
The marshes of Mount Liang


Among writers, Shi Nai'an ranks 1,112 out of 7,302Before him are Hélène Cixous, Claudius Aelianus, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Velimir Khlebnikov, Camilla Collett, and Ethel Voynich. After him are Ellen Key, Yakub Kolas, Henri Michaux, Bernardino de Sahagún, Zenodotus, and Ernst Hanfstaengl.

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Among people born in 1296, Shi Nai'an ranks 5Before him are John of Bohemia, Algirdas, Gregory Palamas, and Blanche of Burgundy. After him is Edward I, Count of Bar. Among people deceased in 1372, Shi Nai'an ranks 1After him are Isabella, Countess of Vertus, John Mandeville, John II, Marquis of Montferrat, and Rudolf VI, Margrave of Baden.

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In China

Among people born in China, Shi Nai'an ranks 315 out of 1,610Before him are Bogd Khan (1869), Duke Huan of Qi (-800), Liu Biao (142), Ayurbarwada Buyantu Khan (1285), Shitao (1642), and Emperor Lizong (1205). After him are Zhong Hui (225), Zhu Rongji (1928), Emperor Gong of Song (1271), Lian Po (-250), Princess Taiping (665), and Tonyukuk (646).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Shi Nai'an ranks 23Before him are Jin Yong (1924), Ban Gu (32), Zhang Sanfeng (1200), Ouyang Xiu (1007), Cai Yan (177), and Pu Songling (1640). After him are Lao She (1899), Meng Haoran (690), Lu Yu (733), Bei Dao (1949), Lin Yutang (1895), and Yan Fu (1854).