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Yukio Mishima, the pseudonym for Hiraoka Kimitake, was born in Tokyo in 1925. His work covers many styles: poetry, essays, modern Kabuki ja Noh drama, and novels. Among his masterpieces are The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and the four-volume novel Sea of Fertility, which outlines the Japanese experience in the 20th century. Each of the four volumes in this series has a distinct title--Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn, and Five Signs of a God's Decay--and they were published over a six-year period, from 1965-1970. Mishima's plays include Tenth Day Chrysanthemum, and the Kabuki piece The Moon Like a Drawn Bow. Although Mishima was been nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, he never received it. Nevertheless, he is considered by many critics as one of the most important Japanese novelists of the 20th century. Yukio Mishima died by his own hand in 1970, committing seppuku (ritual disembowelment). (Bowker Author Biography)
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Spring Snow 2,241 copies, 32 reviews
Confessions of a Mask 2,230 copies, 37 reviews
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion 2,099 copies, 43 reviews
The Sound of Waves 1,579 copies, 37 reviews
Runaway Horses 1,134 copies, 17 reviews
The Temple of Dawn 947 copies, 13 reviews
Forbidden Colors 821 copies, 7 reviews
After the Banquet 578 copies, 6 reviews
Thirst for Love 534 copies, 6 reviews
Sun and Steel 449 copies, 4 reviews
Acts of Worship: Seven Stories 358 copies, 3 reviews
Patriotism 297 copies, 8 reviews
The Sea of Fertility 202 copies, 1 review
The Way of the Samurai 187 copies, 5 reviews
Five Modern Nō Plays 140 copies, 2 reviews
The Music 127 copies, 1 review
Life for Sale (Author) 123 copies, 7 reviews
Madame de Sade 112 copies, 1 review
Star 100 copies, 2 reviews
A School of the Flesh 75 copies, 3 reviews
Dojoji and Other Stories 69 copies, 1 review
The Pearl 54 copies, 2 reviews
The Age of Blue 38 copies
Wings 37 copies, 1 review
Beautiful Star (Author) 34 copies
Silk and Insight 30 copies, 2 reviews
New Writing in Japan (Editor) 21 copies, 1 review
Evening Dress 13 copies
Drie verhalen 12 copies
Mar Inquieto 8 copies
Kyoko's House 7 copies
Los sables y otros relatos 6 copies, 1 review
Sword 5 copies, 1 review
Letters 5 copies
Thieves 3 copies
Sotoba Komachi 3 copies, 1 review
Goddess 3 copies
荒野より 2 copies
頭文字 2 copies
Racconti e romanzi 2 copies, 1 review
The lady Aoi 2 copies
Pseudo Art 1 copy
Yildiz 1 copy
Kantan 1 copy
Hanjo 1 copy
Martirio 1 copy
The Pearl 1 copy
House of the Sleeping Beauties (Contributor, some editions) 503 copies, 18 reviews
The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima (Contributor) 305 copies, 4 reviews
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (Contributor) 221 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (Contributor) 210 copies, 5 reviews
Mishima: A Biography (Contributor) 174 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (Contributor) 169 copies, 2 reviews
Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology (Contributor) 143 copies, 2 reviews
The Gates of Paradise (Contributor) 102 copies, 2 reviews
Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses (Photographer, some editions) 54 copies
Naked Festival (Introduction, some editions) 18 copies

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Three-time winner of the Yomiuri Prize (1956 in literature, 1958 and 1961 in drama), winner of the Shinchosha Prize (1954), the Kunio Kishida Award (1956), the Mainichi Art Award (1964), and the Ministry of Education's Arts Festival Award (1965), "Mishima Yukio was probably the most prodigiously endowed Japanese writer of the twentieth century. Although he was only forty-five when he died, under spectacular circumstances that brought him worldwide fame, he had already completed a more voluminous oeuvre than most writers who live twice that long. His writings extended to every genre. Although he was best known as a novelist, he excelled also as a short-story writer. His works of fiction ranged from the philosophic to the farcical; he could write in whatever style was appropriate to each. He published numerous essays on literary, political, cultural and purely journalistic topics. He was also the most successful playwright of his generation." (Donald Keene. “Forward: Mishima’s Kabuki Plays” in “Mishima on Stage.” Ed. Laurence Kominz. Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies 2007, viii–x.)
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