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Updated:2014-11-05 07:30:21Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe stack of the biographies written by Chen is taller than him. [Photo/China Daily]Chen Tingyi has been honored for producing the most biographies by a Chinese writer. Liu Zhihua looks at the legacy of the man whose goal has been to chronicle others lives.Books at a touchChinese devour APEC leader bios Shanghai Big World Guinness recently recognized Beijing-based author Chen Tingyi as the Chinese writer who has produced the most biographies-101, to be precise.But the 67-year-old tells China Daily hes proudest of pioneering biographies of politically sensitive figures rather than of the number of works he has produced.Chen penned biographies of many historical figures-such as late Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek and Republic of China founder Sun Yat-sen, and their respective wives, Soong Mei-ling and Soong Ching Ling-during the 1990s, when society was still conservative.He soared to instant fame with his debut work on Peoples Liberation Army general Xu Shiyou (1905-85) in the 1980s.His books were so popular that they were pirated immediately upon publication.Chen says Xu inspired his mission as a biographer.Chen grew up amid famine in Henan provinces Xinxian county, from where Xu also hailed.Previous Page1 2 3 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 Next Page8.03KRelated ArticlesBrigitte Lin turns 60, publishes her 2nd bookFragments from Yongle Encyclopedia debut in NanjingChinese book fair attracts scores of Cambodian studentsChinese devour APEC leader biosSeeking the lightTagsChen Tingyi biography writer book GuinnessPhotoCulture Insider: What books do politicians like?Christopher Nolans Interstellar premieres in NYDumb and Dumber To premieres in LAOld craftsman worries about future of shadow puppetryFaye Wong releases theme song for Cong Cong Na NianShaanxi stone lions find fans onlineArtFilmCelebrityFashionFoodTravelArtist creates terracotta girls to highlight sex imbalanceGreat writers obsessed with paintingBlue is his keynoteGoing solo: artist Shezad Dawood on show in ChinaChina Folk Handicrafts Festival kicks off in SuzhouArt Taipei 2014 draws international artistsMexican muralist makes China debutVoltis artworks on show in ChengduAsian debut of Riveras artworksChinese artists painting fetches highest price at auctionChinese art exhibition opens at UN headquartersArchitect Ma Yansong is the face of changeFaye Wong releases theme song for Cong Cong Na NianJia Zhangkes search for truth in moviesChristian Bale says no to playing Steve Jobs in biopicChristopher Nolans Interstellar premieres in NYDumb and Dumber To premieres in LAHalloween witnesses lowest box office, Nightcrawler winsChinas film box office to hit $4.9 bln in 2014John Lasseter shares magic of making animationNostalgic rerelease of Stephen Chows classicForeign TV shows online will need permitsMajor fest for micro filmsChinas Studio 8 to receive Partnership AwardLiu Yifei graces Harpers BazaarWang Yangming poses for Bazaar JewelryLike father like son: Romeo Beckham attends Burberry campaignBrigitte Lin turns 60, publishes her 2nd bookSweet moments: Snapshots of stars and their kidsActress Zhang Jingchu covers fashion magazineEntertainment weekly photos: Oct 25 – 31Lovely Wang Luodan poses for fashion magazineamfARs fifth annual Inspiration Gala held in LAElton John AIDS FoundationHouse of Cards actress Elizabeth Norment dies at age 61Qi Wei poses with husband Lee Seung-hyunFashionistas pose during Sao Paulo Fashion WeekShanghai Tangs 20th anniversary celebration held in ShanghaiInside a North Korean fashion showFashion world bids farewell to designer Oscar de la RentaHighlights of China Fashion WeekFashion fileJewelry show kicks off in E ChinaFashion designers turn eyes to smog maskChina Fashion Week: GIOIA PAN CollectionBridal wear trends launch at China Fashion WeekWedding gowns presented at China Fashion WeekShanghai Vintage Ride brings past backVietnam town in Beihai city25 best restaurants around the worldChocolate King-Kong in ParisThe Yuyuan China Day Festival starts in ShanghaiFresh ideas on fast foodA feast of seafoodSandworms, mangrove fruit, king crabsTop 10 spooky theme restaurants for HalloweenHalloween treatsChina Intl Tea Expo to open in BeijingBurger King celebrates 60th anniversaryThe Chinese delicacy: hairy crabsTop 10 most beautiful terraces in ChinaMountain paradiseGlimpses of Lhasas holiday seasonTop 10 destinations for female travelersTop 10 seldom-seen views around the worldQuanzhou charmsYunnan, a travel heavenCity of SpringsMorning sun showers snow-covered Great WallMixing old with new in central Vietnam2013 Top 10 Tourism Destinations Editors PicksCurtain up as East meets West on the stage in WuzhenCulture Insider: Extraordinary writing habits of literary mastersHot wordsEasy TalkStart of AutumnChinese Valentines DayGaokaoCulture InsiderTop 10sTeaForbidden CityDragon Boat FestivalChinese at CannesVideoEasy Talk: The international school dilemmaAsian debut of Riveras artworksEasy Talk: Why do we gossip?ColumnsRaymond Zhou:X-Ray
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