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ISBN 1576465853 / 9781576465851 / 1-57646-585-3
Publisher Quiet Vision Pub
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It was during the Meiji era, which lasted from 1868 to 1912, that Japan emerged as a modern nation; and it was towards the latter part of this period that the modern Japanese novel reached its maturity, and true masters of what was essentially a western literary form began to appear.Of these novelists, Natsume Soseki was perhaps the most profound and the most versatile.
Soseki was born in Tokyo in 1867, when the city was still known as Yedo. He was educated at the Imperial University, where he studied English literature. In 1896, he joined the staff of the Fifth National College in Kumamoto, and in 1900, he was sent to England as a government scholar. He returned to Japan in 1903 as lecturer in English literature at the Imperial University. He was dissatisfied with academic life, and in 1907 decided to devote all his time to writing novels and essays. [via]