Shi Nai'an

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Shi.

Shi Nai'an (Chinese: 施耐庵; pinyin: Shī Nài'ān, ca. 1296–1372), was a Chinese writer from Suzhou. Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, is attributed to him.

Little biographical information is known about him. Traditionally it was believed that he was a teacher of Luo Guanzhong, the editor or author of Romance of Three Kingdoms, another of the Four Great Classical Novels. Some modern scholars doubt that Shi actually existed or suggest that "Shi Nai'an" was merely a pseudonym for Luo himself.[citation needed]

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