Florence Wheelock Ayscough

1875 –

Florence Wheelock Ayscough was born on January 21, 1875, in Shanghai, China. A sinologist, editor, writer, and translator of Chinese literature, she published her first book Fir-Flower Tablets (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921), a book of translations of Chinese poems, with Amy Lowell. A lecturer on Chinese art and literature, as well as librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society in Shanghai, she authored several other books including A Chinese Mirror (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925); Tu Fu, the Autobiography of a Chinese Poet (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1932); The Autobiography of a Chinese Dog (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1926); and Chinese Women Yesterday and To-day (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1937). She died in Chicago, Illinois, on April 24,1942.