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Orphaned at four, novelist and short story writer Yasunari Kawabata caught the eye of editors and writers in the 1920s with his spare, subtle, melancholic prose. After an experimental period from the mid- to late-1920s, Kawabata relocated to Kanagawa in 1934 and, in conjunction with his work as a reporter for Mainichi Shimbun, began to write his celebrated poetic novels. As one of the leading writers of postwar Japan, Kawabata continued to write as he founded new literary journals, promoted the translation of Japanese works into English, and mentored new writers, such as Yukio Mishima. In 1968, he became the first Japanese and East Asian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Yasunari Kawabata died in 1972.
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