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Qu You

Qu You (瞿佑) (1341 - 1427), courtesy name Zongji (宗吉) and self-nicknamed Cunzhai (存齋 "Reading studio of existence"), was a Chinese novelist who lived in the Ming Dynasty, and whose works inspired a new genre fantasy works with political subtext of the Qing Dynasty.


Born in Qiantang (錢塘) (now Hangzhou), Qu You was famous as an adolescent poet. He became a teacher-official (教諭) in Lin'an (臨安), then promoted to be the Head of Secretary (長史) of the Zhou (周) Kingdom. But at the height of his career, he was jailed for ten years.

After his release in 1425, he worked as a tutor[?] in the household of Lord of Ying State (英國公). He was reinstated as an official, but he resigned shortly, never returning to the world of politics again, in action. His works, though entertaining, have undertone that expresses concerns and discontent that he had with politics of the Ming Empire.


  • The Record of Jiandeng (剪燈錄): 40 volumes
  • The New Discussions of Jiandeng (剪燈新話): 4 volumes

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