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2.04.2019

C.Y. Lee, author of 'Flower Drum Song,' dies at 102


C.Y. Lee in 2016 (Los Angeles Times)

C.Y. Lee, the Chinese American author whose best-selling 1957 novel The Flower Drum Song provided the source material for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and feature film, died November 8 at his daughter's home in Los Angeles. He was 102. The family did not publicly announce the death at the time.

Over a career spanning seven decades, Mr. Lee wrote nearly a dozen volumes of historical fiction, but his best-known work was his debut novel, The Flower Drum Song, explored conflict among first- and second-generation immigrants in San Francisco's Chinatown. The novel brought instant literary stardom upon its release.

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