蘇雪林 (1899 - 1999)
Su Xuelin (1899 - 1999)
Originally named Su Mei; born in Taiping, Anhui province. After graduating from Anhui No. 1 Girls’ Normal School, Su Xuelin studied at the Beijing Girls’ Higher Normal School. She went studying in France on two occasions.
Su taught in Dongwu University and Anhui University, later transferring to Wuhan University and taught there until after the triumph of the War of Resistance against Japan. In 1949, she came to Hong Kong and worked for the Truth Society. In the following year, she went to Paris to study mythology. She went to Taiwan in 1952, first teaching at the National Normal University then the Provincial Chenggong University. Among the universities Su taught in, she spent the longest time working in Wuhan and Chenggong Universities; and it was during her stay in these two universities that she completed most of her major works. The academic work Su did mostly focused on studying the poems of Qu Yuan, a poet of the Warring States era. It was a project that she worked on for over two decades. She also engaged in literary creation, publishing several dozen volumes of work. Her collections of essays include Green Sky, The Returning Geese, and The Bluebird; novels include the biographical novelette The Bitter Heart, and the mythological novelette The Pegasus.