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Wang Wei

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  • Wang Wei (699–759) took first place in the civil service examinations in 721. His many gifts included calligraphy, music and painting: some of his paintings have survived in copies. His wife died when he was 30 and he divided his time between his Ch’ang-an estate and government service. After his mother’s death in 750, he retired to Ch’ang-an to write and paint.

    Awards won by Wang Wei Winner, 2007 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation (The Selected Poems of Wang Wei)
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