Edgar Snow

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Edgar Snow (1905-1972) was an independent journalist known for his sympathetic reporting on the Chinese communists.[1] His writings remain the most detailed firsthand account of the communist movement in China before its rise to power. After working for local newspapers and graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York, Snow traveled to China to work as an assistant editor of the China Weekly Review in Shanghai.

He moved to China in 1933 (the same year he published his first book) to teach at Yenching University. In addition to his work with The China Weekly Review, Snow began reporting for the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, and the New York Sun. In 1939, Snow formulated his second book, Red Star Over China, through a series of interviews with Communist revolutionaries.[2] After publishing Battle for Asia (1941), a book which documented World War II, he become a war correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post and covered both China and the Soviet Union.

Snow returned to the United States after the war, but was forced to move to Switzerland after being accused of being a communist by Joseph McCarthy.[3] He died in Switzerland on February 15, 1972.


  • Far Eastern Front (1933)
  • Red Star Over China (1938)
  • The Battle for Asia (1941)
  • The Other Side of the River, Red China Today
  • People on Our Side
  • Red China Today
  • Living China: Modern Chinese Short Stories
  • Edgar Snow's China: A Personal Account of the Chinese Revolution
  • Stalin Must Have Peace
  • The Long Revolution
  • Journey to the Beginning
  • Random Notes on Red China, 1936-1945
  • Mao Zedong zi zhuan
  • The Pattern of Soviet Power
  • Disaster at Sea

External links


  1. http://www.foreignaffairs.org/19890301fabook7428/john-hamilton-maxwell/edgar-snow-a-biography.html
  2. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200507/20/eng20050720_197179.html
  3. http://www.umkc.edu/University_Archives/INVTRY/EPS/EPS-INTRO.HTM