林海音 (1918 - 2001)
Lin Haiyin (1918 - 2001)
Originally named Lin Hanyin; in childhood named Yingzi. Ancestral home in Miaoli, Taiwan province; born in Osaka, Japan. Her family moved to Beijing when Taiwan was invaded by Japan, and so Yingzi grew up in Beijing.
Lin studied in Peking City Nan Changdian Primary School and Peking College on News. At 16, she was admitted into the World News School in Beijing, studying and working at the same time. She met Xia Chengying there, and they got married when she was 21. In 1948, the couple went back to Taiwan, both taking up work as editors. In 1960, she published a collection of short stories My Life in the South of Beijing. The work was later adapted for film and picture story book, and was translated into a variety of languages. In 1967 Lin launched the monthly Belles-Lettres, and in 1968 she founded the Belles-Lettres Press, helping a large number of budding writers develop promising literary careers.
Lin was a prolific writer. Her essay collections include Two Places, A Visitor in the United States, Night Reading by the Rue Windows, A Silhouette of the Literary Circle, Master of the Family, and I Live beside a Bookstore; collections of essays and fiction include The Evergreen; collections of short fiction include Core of the Candle, The Story of Marriage, My Life in the South of Beijing, and Green Algae and Salted Eggs; novels include Spring Breeze, Clouds of Dawn, and Meng Zhu's Journey; radio plays include Wei-wei's Weekly Diary, Selections by Lin Haiyin, and Fairytales by Lin Haiyin. On December 1, 2001, Lin died in Taipei Cheng Hsin Hospital of complications of stroke, pneumonia and blood-poisoning at the age of 83.