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Updated: March 10, 2021

The rich cultural heritage of Taicang has given birth to numerous cultural celebrities from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. As many as 314 people from Taicang were third degree candidates in the former national civil service examination, during which the most known are writer Wang Shizhen, who was the leading writer for 20 years; writer and historian Zhang Pu, who played a leading role in restoring a literary association advocating revivalism in the late Ming Dynasty, which was quite well-known both in the government and among the public, and the "On tombstones of five people" he wrote was handed down through generations; the great poet Wu Weiye, creator of the Loudong School of Poetry, is one of "Three great poets in the east part of lower reaches of Yangtze River " (Qian Qianyi and Gong Dingnie are the others); Neo Confucian Lu Shiyi, who has written more than 60 books and was reputed as "Great Confucian in south Yangtze River area"; historian Bi Yuan, following Sima Guang, wrote "History as a Mirror" and the masterpiece "Continued History as a Mirror".

In recent years, the sudden emergence of micro fiction highlights literary creation: with many people involved, a large number of publications, and great social impact. Taicang has been named "The hometown of China’s micro-fiction" and "creation base of micro fiction in Jiangsu province". Ling Dingnian, the leading person and member of the Chinese Writer Association, has maintained a strong creative passion, and established the "Ling Dingnian micro-fiction studio". Over six years, he has had hundreds of micro fiction published at home and abroad and 9 monographs. He has won several national micro fiction awards, Gold Sparrow Award, Outstanding Anthology Award, Bing Xin Children’s Book Award, his works were selected by 118 classic anthologies, and were also selected as textbooks in dozens of countries and regions. There arose a good momentum of "One horse leading the way, all the horses gallop" in the city’s micro fiction writing. Over 10 excellent local authors have won awards in the micro fiction field and had works published. Taicang Writers Association actively encourages writers and literature enthusiasts to go further into life, and devote themselves to creation. The association has 68 works published, including novels, nouvelle collection, short stories collection, mini-novel collection, collection of prose and essay, poetry, reportage and commentaries, among which Taicang collected and published "Taicang Micro Novelists Selected Works" and "Loudong Collection (9 pieces)", "Everflowering Rose Collection (11 pieces)", reflecting the colorful creative career of Taicang writers and literature enthusiasts.

Taicang is rich in literary creation, gathering a group of literary people full of ideals and vitality. It has both traditional fans of literature that have been enthusiastic for decades and modern internet writers who were born in the 1980s and 1990s; both local writers and new Taicang people enthusiasts. Many of the writers have been living at the bottom of the society for a long time and the idea comes to them while they are working, and they become attached to literature and try to achieve their dreams of writing. Hong Limo, a migrant worker in Taicang, became infatuated with literature, and has had a collection of prose and short stories, "Looking Back on the Dabie Mountain"m published, and a nouvelle "Snowy Night", and there are still a number of literary works that he is working hard on. The magazine "Golden Taicang" by the Literary Federation of the city often introduces the works by migrant workers, and many workers get funding for their literary creations.

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