Edgar Snow (19051972)
The American journalist known for his books and articles on Communism in China and the Chinese Communist revolution was the first western journalist to give a full account of the history of the Chinese Communist Party following the Long March, and the first western journalist to interview Mao Zedong. He is best known for his book, Red Star Over China (1937), an account of the Chinese Communist movement from its foundation until the late 1930s. In 1928 made it to Shanghai, without knowing he would be staying in China for thirteen years. He quickly found work with the China Weekly Review, edited by J.B. Powell, a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. He became friends with numerous prominent Chinese writers and intellectuals, including Soong Ching-ling. In 1933, after a honeymoon in Japan, Snow and his wife moved to Beiping, as Beijing was called at that time. They taught journalism part-time and studied Chinese at today’s Peking University.
一九七零年秋天，斯诺和夫人洛伊斯·惠勒·斯诺又一起来到中国，并于10 月1日在天安门城楼上和毛泽东亲切交谈，毛泽东评价：“我没有变，你也没有变”。在京期间，他和夫人重返燕园。洛伊斯后来回忆说：“我们在一个略为发灰的浅红色的亭子 (指慈济寺山门)边停了下来，眼光穿过它的拱顶，凝视阳光下碧波荡漾的一片湖面。在我们身后，拾几步石阶向上的那块稍为高起的地方，有一片蔓草丛生的空地，四周松树围绕，遮住了我们的视线……”
Edgar Snow talking with Soong Chingling