A towering figure in the literary history of twentieth-century China, Lu Xun has exerted immense and continuous influence through his short stories, which remain today as powerful as they were first written. Echoes of these stories can still be heard in the fictional works from both sides of the Taiwan Strait in the eighties and nineties. A prolific author of pungent and "dagger-like" essays, Lu Xun is also a tireless translator of Western critical and literary works. His fictional works have been translated into more than twenty languages. Wild Grass is a collection of 23 prose poems written between 1924 and 1926, at about the same time the stories of Wandering were being written.