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New York. 1984. Holt Rinehart & Winston. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 685 pages. April 1984. hardcover. Donald Lawrence Keene (born June 18, 1922) is an American-born Japanese scholar, historian, teacher, writer and translator of Japanese literature. Keene is University Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at Columbia University, where he taught for over fifty years. Soon after the 2011 T? hoku earthquake and tsunami, he retired from Columbia, moved to Japan permanently, and acquired citizenship under the name K? n Donarudo. Jacket design by David Gatti. 0030628164. keywords: 40730. inventory # 4996. FROM THE PUBLISHER-The two volumes that comprise Dawn to the West are part of Donald Keene's projected four-volume study of the whole of Japanese literature. DAWN TO THE WEST concerns itself with the modern period, when a tremendous revitalization of writing in all genres began with the Meiji Restoration of 1868 as Japan was opened to the West. The first volume discusses fiction, while the second volume covers poetry, drama, and criticism. This comprehensive history is a landmark work of literary scholarship, an achievement in range and depth probably beyond any other Western author. Professor Keene's clear and expressive text sheds light on the Japanese literature written in the century or so since 1868, a body of work that exceeds in volume all of the Japanese literature that survives from the preceding millennium. This study is invaluable for the serious scholar, but has also been written for the curious lay reader unfamiliar with Japanese literature; no previous knowledge of Japanese writing and culture is required to appreciate and enjoy the history and insights in these pages. Dawn to the West is the wise, engrossing treasure of a lifetime's reflection and will certainly be the definitive work on its subject for years to come. Donald Keene began his study of Japanese at Columbia in 1941, just before the outbreak of war with Japan. Soon afterward he entered the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School and, after graduation, served for three years as a translator and interpreter. When the war ended he pursued his studies of Japanese literature at Columbia, Harvard, and Cambridge. In 1948 he became Assistant Lecturer in Japanese at Cambridge, and remained there for five years. From 1953 to 1955 he studied at Kyoto University; and he has spent part of every year since in Japan. He is now Professor of Japanese at Columbia. Professor Keene undertook his history of Japanese literature in 1966 and it has been his principal concern since then. His other publications include Anthology of Japanese Literature, Modern Japanese Literature, The Japanese Discovery of Europe, Landscapes and Portraits, and a dozen volumes of translations of both classical and modern Japanese writings. In 1974 he received the Order of the Rising Sun for his services to Japanese literature..
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