Posted on 11/01/2018 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s time for one more obituary of a hugely influential writer that many of us may not be familiar with.

Chinese author Jin Yong, who wrote epic novels under the pen name Louis Cha, died Tuesday at age ninety-four.

Eileen Chow, co-director of Duke University's Story Lab project, compared Cha’s influence to a combination of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, and Neil Gaiman.

His novels “combined action sequences with romance and emotional entanglements, giving ballast to the high-flying acrobatics of swordplay and combat,” in the words of NPR reporter Bill Chappell.

Read the full obituary through the end, to see the minor twist of fate that enabled Cha’s millions of fans to read his celebrated work.

Categories: Today in Books

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