Zhong Xing (1574-1625) was a late-Ming scholar. "He never rose beyond a minor official position but was a best-selling critic of poetry."[1] He became the founder of the Jingling school of poetry, which valued originality over imitation.[2]

From 1614 Zhong collaborated with his friend Tan Yuanchun on a bestselling poetry anthology Gu shigui [Models of ancient poetry], published around 1617 in three colours, with Zhong's and Tan's comments differentiated by colour. He also published notes on history (Shihuai, The memory of history) in seventeen juan, and edited a 1620 anthology of Su Shi's writings.[1] He is credited with the editorship of the Mingyuan shigui [Poetic retrospective of famous ladies], c. 1626, a comprehensive anthology of women writers.[2]


  1. ^ a b Kai-wing Chow (2004). Publishing, Culture, and Power in Early Modern China. Stanford University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-8047-3368-7.
  2. ^ a b Daria Berg (2007). "Female Self-Fashioning in Late Imperial China". In Daria Berg (ed.). Reading China: fiction, history and the dynamics of discourse : essays in honour of professor Glen Dudbridge. BRILL. p. 246. ISBN 978-90-04-15483-4.