Pierre Ryckmans

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Birthday
28, 1935
Birthplace
Belgium
Death Date
Aug 11, 2014 (78)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
28, 1935
Birthplace
Belgium
Death Date
Aug 11, 2014 (78)

About

A French-language writer, literary critic, and winner of the Prix mondial Del Duca, he is best known by the pseudonym of Simon Leys. His works include Chinese Shadows, Analects of Confucius, and Orwell, ou l'horreur de la politique.

Before Fame

He studied law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Trivia

He was a Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987-1993.

Family Life

He grew up in Brussels, Belgium. He lived in Hong Kong before ultimately settling in Australia.

Associated With

His 1986 novel, The Death of Napoleon, was the basis for Alan Taylor's 2001 film, The Emperor's New Clothes.