Qian Zhongshu (November 21, 1910 – December 19, 1998) was a Chinese literary scholar and writer, known for his burning wit and formidable erudition.
To the general public, he is best known for his satiric novel Fortress Besieged . His works of non-fiction are characterised by their large amount of quotations in both Chinese and Western languages (including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin)。 He also played an important role in digitizing the Chinese classics late in his life.
Fortress Besieged (Simplified Chinese: 围城) was written by Qian Zhongshu, published in 1947, and is widely considered as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese literature. The novel is a humorous tale about middle-class Chinese society in the 1940s. It is also one of the most well-known contemporary Chinese novels in China, and was made into a popular television series in the early 1990s.