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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 11 June 15, 1938

First Steps

First Steps.

The first really creative work was Clint of Lu Hsun. whose "Diary of a Madman" and "Story of Ah Q" appeared in 1918 and 1919. His work was the forerunner of the new literary movement under the slogan of "From a Literary Revolution to a Revolutionary Literature."

This virile movement gradually attained direction and strength: its aim was "an the basis of realist observation, to reflect social phenomena and disclose or discuss some problem of human life."

In 1930 the League of Left Writers was formed, with Lu Hsun at its head. The league dominated the intellectual and literary life of the time, making wide use of the propaganda leaflet, the essay and the journalistic [unclear: feuillerton]. Outstanding young novelists of the movement are Mao Tun ("Twilight"), Ting Ling ("Mother") and Tien Chun ("Village in August").

In 1938 a new United Front Writers' League was organised, and united firmly and creatively the Chinese writers were ready to meet the attack of the Japanese War Lords.