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Five Modern Japanese Novelists

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ISBN-10: 0231126115

ISBN-13: 9780231126113

Edition: 2005

Authors: Donald Keene

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The New Yorkerhas called Donald Keene "America's preeminent scholar of Japanese literature." Now he presents a new book that serves as both a superb introduction to modern Japanese fiction and a memoir of his own lifelong love affair with Japanese literature and culture. Five Modern Japanese Novelistsprofiles five prominent writers whom Donald Keene knew personally: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Abe Ko¯bo¯, and Shiba Ryo¯taro¯. Keene masterfully blends vignettes describing his personal encounters with these famous men with autobiographical observations and his trademark learned literary and cultural analysis. Keene opens with a confession: before arriving in Japan…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.40" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Donald Keene was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 18, 1922. He received a bachelor's degree in 1942, a master's degree in 1947, and a doctoral degree in 1951 from Columbia University. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer in the Navy and worked translating for Japanese prisoners. He taught at Columbia University for 56 years and was named the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in 1986 and University Professor Emeritus. Keene is considered to be a "Japanologist". He has written, translated, or edited numerous books in both Japanese and English on Japanese literature and culture including The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, Essays in Idleness, So Lovely a Country…    

Preface
Tanizaki Jun'ichiro (1886-1965)
Kawabata Yasunari (1899-1972)
Mishima Yukio (1925-1970)
Abe Kobo (1924-1993)
Shiba Ryotaro (1923-1996)
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