Yasunari Kawabata Biography

Yasunari Kawabata, recipient of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Osaka, Japan. His parents died when he was young, and he was raised by his grandmother.

Yasunari Kawabata, recipient of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Osaka, Japan. His parents died when he was young, and he was raised by his grandmother. He was educated at Tokyo Imperial University. He became associated with a group of writers known as neosensationists in the 1920s. Later he became one of the founders of the publication BUNGEI JIDAI.

Kawabata's first literary success came with the publication of the 1926 novel IZU NO ODORIKO (THE IZU DANCER). He became internationally known for YUKIGUNI (SNOW COUNTRY) which wa published in 1948.

Yasunari Kawabata committed suicide in Zushi, Japan in 1972.

CHRONOLOGY

1899 He was born in Osaka, Japan. (June 11)

1902 His parents died.

1920 He entered Tokyo Imperial University.

1924 He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University.

1925 JUROKUSAI NO NIKKI

1926 IZU NO ODORIKO (THE IZU DANCER); KANJO SOSHOKU

1930 ASAKUSA KURENAIDAN

1931 He moved to Kamakura.

1933 KIN JU (OF BIRDS AD BEASTS)

1940 HANA NO WARUTSU

1948 JUROKUSAI NO NIKKI; YUKIGUNI (SNOW COUNTRY)

1949 SEMBARAZU (THOUSAND CRANES); YAMA NO OTO (THE SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN)



1950 HOKURO NO TEGAMI

1951 MAIHIME

1953 HI MO STUKI MO; He became a member of the Art Academy of Japan.

1954 MIZUUMI (THE LAKE)

1955 TOKYO NO HITO; NIJI IKUTABI

1957 ONNA DE ARU KOTO

1959 KAZE NO ARU MICHI; He received the Goethe medal.

1961 NEMURERU BIJO (HOUSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTIES); KOTO

1962 KAWA NO ARU SHITAMACHI NO HANASHI

1964 KATAUDE (ONE ARM)

1965 UTSUKUSHISA TO KANASHIMI TO (BEAUTY AND SADNESS)

1966 RAKKA RYUSUI

1967 GEKKA NO MON

1968 He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1969 UTSUKUSHII NIHON NO WATAKUSHI (JAPAN THE BEAUTIFUL AND MYSELF); BI NO SONZAI HAKKEN (THE EXISTENCE AND DISCOVERY OF BEAUTY)

1971 TENOHIRA HO SHOSETSU

1972 THE MASTER OF GO; He died in Zushi, Japan.

1987 THE OLD CAPITAL

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