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Old diary bares feud of iconic authors

A DIARY manuscript from 80 years ago provides new-found evidence about the grudge between two Chinese iconic writers.

It is by Chinese bilingual writer Lin Yutang, nominated for the Nobel Prize several times in the 1970s.

The diary is on a preview exhibition by an auction company, Guardian.

In the manuscript, Lin wrote about writer Lu Xun, a former friend.

In August 1929, Lin wrote, in Chinese: "I had a verbal war with Lu Xun at the end of August, which is funny, and the man has already lost his mind."

The diary gave no details, but Lu wrote in his diary that in the evening of August 28, Lin ridiculed him when they had dinner with several other people.

Lu's works are famous for incisive and ironic language, while Lin was active in popularizing classical Chinese literature in the West.


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