The book, The Record of Xing Hua (兴化市志) remains the primary source of bibliographical material on Zong Chen. More sources include internal evidence from articles by or about Zong Chen, and other sources.
In 1525, Zong Chen was born in Xinghua (兴化). Disappointed with the corruption of the imperial government, Zong Chen resigned and went back to Xing hua in the year of 1552. He then spent considerable time on reading and writing. In 1560, Zong Chen died at the age of 36.
Zong Chen was a member of The Latter Seven Masters. At first, when began writing poems, he imitated the style of Libai, but failed. His main works include Letter To Liu Yizhang (报刘一丈书) and many poems.
Zong Chen's moral as well as his articles have had an important influence on the Chinese culture.