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B. Preston Schoyer (c. 1912 - March 13, 1978) was the author of four novels and many articles on China.

Following his graduation from Yale University in the 1930s Schoyer taught English in China. Following his time in China, Schoyer wrote four novels with Chinese backgrounds: The Foreigners (1942), The Indefinite River (1947), The Ringing of the Glass (1950), and The Typhoon's Eye (1959). In addition to his novels, Schoyer worked as a correspondent for the Worldwide Press Service and a regular contributor to The Saturday Review, The New Yorker, The Reporter, and The New York Times Magazine.

The Indefinite River was based upon Schoyer's experiences in World War II in the Air Ground Aid Section based in Kunming, China. For his work during World War II, Schoyer "rose from private to major and won the Legion of Merit and Soldier's Medal."[1]

In the summer of 1941, Schoyer dated author Margaret Wise Brown.[2]

From 1969 to 1973, Schoyer was executive director of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. From 1973 to 1978 he was executive director of the Yale-China Association.


  • Flint, Peter B. "B. Preston Schoyer, 66, Novelist, And Author of Articles on China." New York Times, March 14, 1978.
  • Marcus, Leonard S., Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon, Beacon Press (Feb. 1992). ISBN 978-0-8070-7048-2


  1. Flint
  2. Marcus, 147 - 148.

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