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Renowned literary critic Hsia Chih-tsing dies at 92

  • CNA
  • 2014-01-01
  • 16:08 (GMT+8)
Hsia Chih-tsing at his New York home in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Unitas magazine)

Hsia Chih-tsing at his New York home in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Unitas magazine)

US-based literary critic Hsia Chih-tsing, known for introducing modern Chinese literature to the West, died on Dec. 29 in New York at the age of 92.

The China-born academic was credited with helping Chinese writers such as Eileen Chang, Shen Congwen and Qian Zhongshu gain greater recognition in the West.

Hsia's book A History of Modern Chinese Fiction, which was published in English in 1961, was a pioneering study of 20th century Chinese fiction.

Hsia held a PhD in English from Yale University and taught at several universities, including the University of Michigan and Columbia University, before retiring from teaching in 1991.

He was elected an academician of Taiwan's top research body Academia Sinica in 2006.

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