Mao DunMao Dun (4 July 1896 – 27 March 1981) was the pen name of Shen Dehong (Shen Yanbing), a 20th-century Chinese novelist, cultural critic, and the Minister of Culture of People's Republic of China (1949–65). He is one of the most celebrated left-wing realist novelists of modern China. His most famous works are ''Ziye'', a novel depicting life in cosmopolitan Shanghai, and ''Spring Silkworms''. He also wrote many short stories.
He adopted "Mao Dun" (), meaning "contradiction", as his pen name to express the tension in the conflicting revolutionary ideology in China in the unstable 1920s. His friend Ye Shengtao changed the first character from to , which literally means "thatch". Provided by Wikipedia