Qian Zhongshu was a native of Wuxi, Jiangsu. Because he first grabbed a book when he was only one year old, he was named "Zhongshu". He was born into a cultured and scholarly family. He received an education in the secondary school, Qian Zhongshu was good at both English and Chinese.
He was rather ignorant in his daily life. He was always confused about his directions. He lost his way often. He wore his clothes the wrong way round.