Su Shi

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Birthday
8, 1037
Birthplace
Meishan, China
Death Date
Aug 24, 1101 (64)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
8, 1037
Birthplace
Meishan, China
Death Date
Aug 24, 1101 (64)

About

An eleventh-century Chinese author, poet, artist, and Song Dynasty political figure, he is particularly well known for his essays. He also wrote numerous poems during his lifetime, more than two thousand of which have survived.

Before Fame

During his youth, he studied under a Taoist priest in the village of Meishan. Early in his life, he began working for the Chinese government; one of his first projects was the construction of a pedestrian walkway across a body of water in Hangzhou.

Trivia

He was a travel writer and a gourmet cooking expert.

Family Life

His brother, Su Zhe, and his father, Su Xun, were both respected scholars. Su Shi was married twice-- to Wang Fu and, after her death, to Wang Runzhi-- and he also kept a concubine named Wang Zhaoyun.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of medieval Iranian poet, Omar Khayyam.