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The Japanese Discovery of Europe, 1720 - 1830

by Donald Keene

Originally published in 1952, this account of the growth and uses of Western learning in Japan has been enlarged by two new chapters that extend the story from 1798 to 1830. The author has incorporated the results...


The Winter Sun Shines in: A Life of Masaoka Shi

by Donald Keene

Rather than resist the vast social and cultural changes sweeping Japan in the nineteenth century, the poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902) incorporated new Western influences into his country’s native haiku and...


Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

by Donald Keene

The sweep of Japanese literature in all its great variety was made available to Western readers for the first time in this anthology. Every genre and style, from the celebrated No plays to the poetry and novels...


Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

by Donald Keene

The sweep of Japanese literature in its infinite variety and unusual beauty-from earliest times to the mid-nineteenth century-is the focus of this impressive volume. Every genre and style of Japanese literature,...


Frog in the Well: Portraits of Japan by Watanabe Kazan, 1793-1841

by Donald Keene

Frog in the Well is a vivid and revealing account of Watanabe Kazan, one of the most important intellectuals of the late Tokugawa period. From his impoverished upbringing to his tragic suicide in exile, Kazan's...


Five Modern Japanese Novelists

by Donald Keene

A superb introduction to modern Japanese fiction as well as a memoir of his own love affair with Japanese literature and culture, this volume consists of chapters on five modern Japanese novelists whom Donald...


Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912

by Donald Keene

This is the extraordinary story of how Japan was dramatically transformed during the long reign of Emperor Meiji, from an isolated island nation to one of the five great powers of the world, poised as a rival...


Chronicles of My Life: An American in the Heart of Japan

by Donald Keene & Akira Yamaguchi

"I sometimes think that if, as the result of an accident, I were to lose my knowledge of Japanese, there would not be much left for me. Japanese, which at first had no connection with my ancestors, my literary...


So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers

by Donald Keene

The attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the Greater East Asia War and its initial triumphs, aroused pride and a host of other emotions among the Japanese people. Yet the single year in which Japanese...