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Crown Magazine founding publisher dies aged 92

2019/06/04 21:53

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Taipei, June 4 (CNA) Ping Hsin-tao (平鑫濤), the founder of Crown Magazine -- Taiwan's oldest private literary publication still being published -- died May 23 at the age of 92, Crown Publishing House confirmed Tuesday.

Born in Shanghai in 1927, Ping showed an interest in literature and the arts from a very early age.

He originally planned to learn painting. However, at the request of his father, he instead studied accounting at Utopia University in Shanghai and moved to Taiwan in 1949.

Sticking to his real passion, Ping founded Crown Magazine and Crown Publishing House in 1954, although he had to translate English novels into Chinese under the pseudonym "Fei-Li" (費禮) and hosted pop music radio shows to cover the cost of his publishing business at that time.

From 1963 to 1976, Ping served as editor-in-chief for the supplement section of the Chinese-language United Daily News.

Throughout his life, Ping published 784 issues of Crown Magazine and more than 6,000 books, as well as producing 16 films.

Ping's wife, Chen Che (陳喆), best known by her pen name Chiung Yao (瓊瑤), is a Taiwanese writer and TV drama producer and often regarded as the most famous romance novelist in the Chinese-speaking world.

In a letter to the press, Ping's children said they would not hold a public funeral ceremony or any memorial service, but only a private service after his cremation.

Ping's children will keep on working in the publishing industry, the letter said.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Chung Yu-chen)Enditem/J