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Zang Kejia, 99, poet, Mao's editor

BEIJING -- Zang Kejia, a Chinese poet and writer who edited a famous volume of poems by Mao Zedong, has died at age 99.

Mr. Zang died Thursday, the official Xinhua News Agency said, quoting the Chinese Writers Association. It did not say how he died.

Mr. Zang published his first collection of poems, titled "Brand," in 1937, and a collection of ironic political verses in 1946. After the Communist Party took power in 1949, he teamed with fellow writer Zhou Zhenfu to edit the chairman's volume, "Selected Poems of Chairman Mao."

Born in 1905 in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, Mr. Zang was trained at the Wuhan Branch of the Central Military and Political School. He was editor in chief of the periodical Poetry from 1957 to 1964.

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