Yukio Mishima

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Yukio Mishima, 1956
In this Japanese name, the family name is Mishima.

Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio, January 14, 1925–November 25, 1970)[1] was a Japanese writer, poet, playwright, actor and film director.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Mishima studied at the elite Peers School (学習院, Gakushuin).[2]

In 1941, Mishima wrote his first notable story. In Hanazakari no Mori (花ざかりの森, "The Forest in Full Bloom"), he described a feeling that his ancestors lived within him.

Mishima graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1947.

Career[change | change source]

Mishima worked in the Japanese Ministry of Finance. At the same time, he was writing.[3]

In 1949, he published his first major novel, Confessions of a mask.[2]

Selected works[change | change source]

In a summary based on writings by and about Yukio Mishima, OCLC/WorldCat lists roughly 1,700+ works in 4,400+ publications in 40+ languages and 56,600+ library holdings.[4]

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  • Confessions of a mask, 1949
  • The sound of waves, 1952
  • The temple of the golden pavilion by Yukio Mishima, 1956
  • The sailor who fell from grace with the sea, 1959
  • After the banquet, 1960
  • Death in midsummer, and other stories, 1966
  • Spring snow, 1968
  • Runaway horses, 1969
  • The temple of dawn, 1969
  • The decay of the angel, 1971

References[change | change source]

Mishima's grave
  1. Yukio Mishima was the writer's name used by Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka Kimitake)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Mishima Yukio" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 640.
  3. Shabecoff, Philip. "Mishima: A Man Torn Between Two Worlds," New York Times. November 26, 1970; retrieved 2012-6-8.
  4. WorldCat Identities: Mishima, Yukio 1925-1970; retrieved 2012-6-8.

Other websites[change | change source]

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