The influential Zuozhuan (Commentary of Zuo) is traditionally attributed to him. He is also possibly a contributor to Guoyu. One tradition, according to the Records of the Grand Historian, holds that he was blind (cf. Homer).
Zuo is noted in the Analects as a paragon of virtue to Confucius.
- In surviving sources, it is uncertain whether his surname was Zuo or Zuoqiu. An alternate viewpoint is that his name is Qiu Ming; "Zuo" refers to his official post of zuoshi, which has remained in his family for some generations.
- Chinese: 子曰：「巧言、令色、足恭，左丘明恥之，丘亦恥之。匿怨而友其人，左丘明恥之，丘亦恥之。 "The Master said, "Fine words, an insinuating appearance, and excessive respect - Zuo Qiuming was ashamed of them. I also am ashamed of them. To conceal resentment against a person, and appear friendly with him - Zuo Qiuming was ashamed of such conduct. I also am ashamed of it."
- Confucius and Lao Zhu Their Differing Social Foundations and Cultures Sino-Platonic Papers 211 2011
- Xing Lu (1998). Rhetoric in ancient China, fifth to third century, B.C.: a comparison with classical Greek rhetoric. University of South Carolina Press. p. 107. ISBN 1-57003-216-5.
- Confucian Analects, translated by James Legge in Vol. I of The Chinese Classics.