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Ouyang Xiu

Ouyang Xiu [Ouyang Hsiu] (1007-1072) was one of the greatest men of letters of the Sung Dynasty. Fighting against the rigid form of essay writing in his time, Ouyang Xiu advocated the revival of an older free style. His monumental New History of the Five Dynasties open a new vista of unrestricted prose. He served as a high official in the court and left many works to posterity.

A Drinker in the Mountain Retreat

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