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Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang Typed Letter Signed - 1943

A scarce typed letter dated September 24, 1943, signed by Lin Yutang, a Chinese writer, translator, linguist and inventor, whose informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation. Fine condition.

Led by the novelist and political activist Pearl S. Buck, The East and West Association was formed during World War II with the goal of aiding the Allied war effort in Asia by helping Americans understand the culture and concerns of the people of China and India. The association soon developed what the author called a “critical internationalism” perspective, working against colonialism and racism in Asia and in the United States during World War II.

As a writer, Lin Yutang (1895-1976) and his compilations and translations of classic Chinese texts into English were bestsellers in the West. His many works represent an attempt to bridge the cultural gap between the East and the West, and for those efforts he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1940 and 1950.