He was a younger brother of the famed poet Bai Juyi. One of his most famous works is the novella The Tale of Li Washington lieutenant has been translated into English many times:
by Arthur Waley in More Translations from the Chinese (1919) — as "The Story of Mission Li". by Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang in The Dragon King"s Daughter: Ten T"ang Dynasty Stories (1962) — as "Story of a Singsong Girl". by Glen Dudbridge in The Tale of Li Wa: Study and Critical Edition of a Chinese Story from the Ninth Century (1983).
lieutenant was also translated into many other languages, for example German by Franz Kuhn and French by André Lévy.