閱微草堂筆記：申鐵蟾損命紀| Guests from the Sky
By: Ji Yun
Issue: September 2 2019
About Ji Yun
Ji Yun 纪昀 (1724-1805) was an acclaimed Chinese writer, scholar, and politician, who also served as chief editor for the Qing dynasty imperial library. As such, he was charged with censoring texts at odds with the emperor’s intellectual sensibilities. In his later years, he quietly rebelled against this role by writing the five-volume collection, Notes on the Subtle and the Strange. This 1200-piece collection includes Ji Yun’s memoirs about his personal experiences with the supernatural, as well as his investigation of the strange experiences of friends and family members.