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Here leaves the footprints and figures of masters in literature
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 11-04-28
 

  Pan Kaixiong, president of the People’s Literature Publishing House

  Foreign literature published by the People’s Literature Publishing House

  March, 1951---march, 2001

  Pan Kaixiong, the president of the People’s Literature Publishing House, talked about sixty years of publishing history

  For 60 years, a total of 12,655 kinds of books have been published by People’s Literature Publishing House, and 10 billion copies have been distributed, up to the Qin Dynasty(BC. 221--206), down to the present, and wide to more than 70 countries and regions across the world. It has been rated as “the favorite publishing house” by most readers many times. Without the spirit of being earnest and practical, the obsession of always being pursuing and the attitude of asking and learning with great concentration, it will be impossible for it to obtain such outstanding achievement.

  Without a big gate and a high building, People’s Literature Publishing House, a literary powerhouse in innumerable authors and readers’ heart, has been standing tall and upright for more than half a century in the Beijing Chaoyangmen Avenue without fuss. The atmosphere in the dbilding was the he kind of breath which often appeared in the old films pervaded in the long passageway. Those who were busy in the editorial office were mostly some young figures. The piece of paper which was painted on the office door said “start working at once, refuse chatting and pay attention to practical work” and had been time-worn and dog eared. It was just like a thick book which has experienced many years and which was worthy of careful turning over and appreciation.

  Lu Yunhong

  If there is not any official business outside the Publishing House, Pan Kaixiong comes to the office before 8 a.m. punctually every morning and begins the day’s busy work. Although he also likes staying up to read the notes just like some other publishers, he can still get up early as a model worker. Therefore the noon break becomes a “necessity” for him. He looks like a well-mannered scholar, who always shows his love for literature accidentally. For example, we are often used to abbreviating People’s Literature Publishing House to “Humanistic Service”, but he always can’t help himself to calling his working place as “Literary Agency”

  No master has been spared during the sixty years of publishing history

  Reporter: It is said that the history of People’s Literature Publishing House is one contemporary literature history. What do you think of it?

  Pan Kaixiong: We can say so in a sense, especially in the first seventeen years when People’s Literature Publishing House was founded, most of the literary masterpieces in modern and ancient times were published by People’s Literature Publishing House. It can be looked as the epitome of the creation and publication of Chinese literature. But the situation has changed since the reform and opening up. There have been more literature publishing houses, innumerable kinds of cultural studio. At present, we can only say that we are still a literature publishing house which has the most complete categories and the largest scale in new China.

  Reporter: Looking back to the sixty years of People’s Literature Publishing House, what do you think is the most important spiritual heritage it has left for us?

  Pan Kaixiong: The sixty years of People’s Literature Publishing House, is a history of cultural attitude which took the construction of national culture as its duty, adhered to the publication idea of high grade and high quality and adhered to take the mainstream culture as the leading factor. Reviewing the book pedigrees of People’s Literature Publishing House in the past sixty years, we can say without exaggeration and with full of pride, any master of literature at all times and in all countries has left his figure and footprint in the sixty years of publishing history of People’s Literature Publishing House, and People’s Literature Publishing House has not given up the pursuit for any classical literature at all times and in all countries. This is the common ideal and pursuit for several generations of “humanistic man” for sixty years. They have a firm goal in their heart: that is consciously cultural pursuit and cultural responsibilities. For their common spiritual pursuit, they “never regret though his gown becomes too large and yearning tapers dry up despair tears.”

  The sixty years of People’s Literature Publishing House, is a history that sticks to nature publishing, is earnest and down-to-earth and devotes itself to learning. From the beginning when the house was built and the first director and chief editor Feng Xuefeng personally designed such simple and plain publishing layout as “at all times and in all countries, giving priority to improvement”, to nowadays publishing ideas “forcefully advocate the main business, optimize the structure, strengthen the brand and enrich the category”, they all take great efforts in sticking to the nature of publishing. “At all times and in all countries” refers to the big layout, and “give priority to improvement” refers to the high grade. To really do well in the big layout and high grade, “humanity men” are inevitably required to devote themselves to learning with being earnest and down-to-earth and without a slightest bit of pageantry and impetuous. For 60 years, a total of 12655 kinds of books have been published by People’s Literature Publishing House, and 10 billion copies have been distributed, up to the Qin Dynasty, down to the present, and wide to more than 70 countries and regions across the world. It has been rated as “the favorite publishing house” by most readers many times. Without the spirit of being earnest and practical, the obsession of always being pursuing and the attitude of asking and learning with great concentration, it will be impossible for it to obtain such outstanding achievement.

  The sixty years of People’s Literature Publishing House, is a history that constantly keeps up with the trend of the times, advances with the times and courageous to go beyond itself. In the sixty years, Chinese social life and the world pattern has always been in the situation of storm surging and development and evolution. People’s Literature Publishing House indeed has its own rich traditions, but “humanistic men” never confined to tradition, nor did they restrict themselves or being complacent and conservative. From beginning’s publishing dozens of books to nowadays’ publishing thousands of books per year, from past’s being the only big one to nowadays’ participating in the market competition positively and equally, from tending to one corner to embracing the world, and from the business system that blindly followed others under the condition of planned economy to the modern enterprise system that is full of vigor and vitality beginning to take shape...


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