白先勇 (1937 - )

出生於廣西桂林,但原籍南京。1952年,隨家人移居台灣,年青時於大學主修水利工程,後轉攻文學。在台大外文系期間,得夏濟安教授啟迪,從此與文學結不解的緣。曾與大學同學歐陽子、陳若曦、王文興創辦「現代文學」,在該刊物發表《玉卿嫂》、《黑虹》等作品。台大畢業後,赴美國愛荷華大學從事創作研究,其間大量閱覽中西文學。

白先勇的創作可先後分為三期。第一期所寫的為青澀的寓言式幻想。第二期著的主要為社會現實生活。第三期寫他追求蒼涼、歷史及無常感的美學觀點,此期代表作是《台北人》。白先勇作品題材廣泛,技巧新穎,教人驚喜。其筆下人物栩栩如生、場景歷歷如在目前,情節扣人心弦。


Bai Xianyong (1937 - )

Born in Guilin, Guangxi province; ancestral home in Nanjing. He moved to Taiwan with his family in 1952. At university he initially majored in hydraulic engineering but later turned to literature. During his studies in the Foreign Literature Department of National Taiwan University, he was inspired by Professor Xia Ji'an, and started to develop what was to become a life-long relationship with literature. Together with his fellow classmates Ouyang Zi, Chen Ruoxi, and Wang Wenxing, he launched a periodical Modern Literature, in which he published his early works including Yuqing's Wife (or Jade Love) and Hei Hong (or Black Rainbow). Upon graduation from National Taiwan University, he went to the United States to study literary theory and creative writing at the University of Iowa. During this period he read extensively both Chinese literature and Western literature.

Bai's literary career can be divided into three stages. The works in the first stage are amateurish, allegory fiction. Those in the second stage depict the realities of social life. The third-stage works are characterized by his pursuit of aesthetic values in desolation, history and evanescence, with Taipei People as the representative work. Bai's works cover a broad range of topics. His innovative narrative techniques are immensely captivating. The characters under his depiction are so realistic that they seem to walk out of bare paper, the scenes in such fine detail that they seek to draw you in. The storylines too, are enchanting and capture one's heart as one flows along with them.

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