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Xu Xu (1908 - 1980)
Xu Xu, also named Xu Yu; born in Cixi, Zhejiang province. His pseudonyms include Po Yu, Li Ming, Dongfang Jibai, and Ren Zichu. Xu Xu’s parents divorced in his childhood, and, at the age of five, he was sent away to live in the school. This experience of the bitter taste of loneliness was to reflect as a shadow of desolation that was ever present in his later works. After graduating from the Department of Philosophy in Peking University in 1931, he transferred to the Department of Psychology to continue his studies. He started writing in university, submitting his initial works to Oriental Magazine. In 1934, he went to Shanghai to serve as editor of Human World, a biweekly magazine founded by Lin Yutang, working concurrently as editor of another biweekly magazine called Cosmic Wind and editor-in-chief of the two monthlies Heaven, Earth and Man and Westerly Winds. In 1936, he went to France to pursue his studies, majoring in philosophy. During his stay in France, he published his novelette The Ghostly Love. In the following year, after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese Wars, he returned to Shanghai to continue his writing career. In 1942, he taught at the Department of Chinese at the School of Education of the Central University of Chongqing, and wrote his 500-thousand-word epic novel The Wind Soughs and Sighs. This book became the best-seller of the year 1943. In 1944, he became the special correspondent in the United States of the newspaper Saodang Bao.
After the triumph of the War of Resistance against Japan, Xu Xu returned to China from the United States and lived in Shanghai. He worked successively as the editor-in-chief of publications including Heaven, Earth and Man and Style. In 1950, he settled down in Hong Kong. He continued to write and at the same time taught at different universities. In 1960, at the invitation of Lin Yutang, Xu Xu went to Singapore to teach at Nanyang University. He returned to Hong Kong in 1966, and took up teaching posts at New Asia College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist College (now University) respectively. He became head of the Department of Chinese of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1970 and concurrently assumed the deanship of the Faculty of Arts in 1977. He died of illness in 1980.