Renowned redologist Zhou Ruchang dies at 95

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Zhou Ruchang in an undated photo. [File Photo: Agencies]

Famous Redology scholar Zhou Ruchang died at home on Thursday at 1:59 a.m., according to his daughter Zhou Lunling. He was 95.

Born in north China's Tianjin City in 1918, Zhou was the premier scholar since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 on the study of "Dream of the Red Chamber," one of China's Four Great Classical Novels.

Zhou published dozens of works exclusively devoted to the "Dream of the Red Chamber." Most readers believed that the first 80 chapters of the novel were written by Cao Xueqin and that Gao E added 40 additional chapters to complete it. But Zhou believed that Cao had written the entire novel, although the additional chapters had been lost. Zhou published his research on the additional chapters of the book, and presented a complete version of the real "Dream of the Red Chamber."

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