2018 Reprint of 1952 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. Writing at the beginning of the twentieth century, Akutagawa created disturbing stories out of Japan's cultural upheaval. Whether his fictions are set in centuries past or those close to the present, Akutagawa was a modernist, writing in polished, superbly nuanced prose subtly exposing human needs and flaws. These six stories represent Akutagawa’s finest and most representative writings. They are: Rashomon, In A Grove, Yam Gruel, The Martyr, Kesa and Morito and The Dragon.
About the Author
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Seiji M. Lippit is Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Topographies of Japanese Modernism and the editor of The Essential Akutagawa. He has written widely on 20th century Japanese literature and translated numerous works of fiction and criticism.
Howard Hibbett is Professor Emeritus of Japanese literature at Harvard University where he was Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1985 to 1988. His publications include many translations and works on Japanese language and literature.