He lived approximately between the years 261 and 303 AD It belonged to a military family Hua T'ing province, near the Yangtze Delta. He served the Emperor of the Wu Dynasty until it lost its influence and was supplanted by the court Loyang North. With this new situation left the military and worked as literary secretary for the new government. After a time, around the year 300, he returned to his native county to devote himself to writing his famous work, the Wen Fu. Some time was required by the court to defend Loyang other armed attacks, but was subdued by his opponents. His enemies within the Court made it responsible for the failure, and he was executed.