Renowned Chinese Translator Xu Yuanchong Dies Aged 100
Xu Yuanchong, China’s most renowned master translator, died in Beijing at the age of 100 on Thursday, according to Peking University.
A winner of the highest honor in the field of translation, Xu was best known for his translations of ancient Chinese poems into English and French that have gained worldwide recognition.
Over 60 years of dedication
Apart from his outstanding works, Xu is also famous for his thought and methodology on translation. Despite questions and doubts from his peers, he has been sticking to the principle that a translation should be beautiful in terms of sense, sound and form.
Xu put forward the “Three Beauties Theory” in terms of translation, stressing the importance of beauty that is conveyed semantically, phonologically and logically.