Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sima Xiangru

Sima Xiangru was a writer. He was a minor official of the Western Han Dynasty but was better known for his skills, '''' business, and controversial marriage to the widow Zhuo Wenjun after both eloped. One of his most famous works is the Chang Men Fu , written in the style '''', of rhymed prose under commission from a former Empress. In fact, Sima was largely responsible for establishing ''fu'' as a literary genre.

He was also a guqin player.

Much is known about him through Sima Qian's biography of him, Shij ji 117.

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