Natsume Sōseki

Natsume Sōseki (1867–1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke, was a widely read Japanese novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He also wrote essays, haiku and kanshi poetry. Born in a family of samurays, he entered the English Literature department of the Tokyo Imperial University in 1890. In 1900 he went to London to study English literature for two years. Upon his return, Soseki was appointed lecturer in English at Tokyo Imperial University. In 1907, he resigned his university teaching post, in order to accept a position with an Asahi newspaper. He  died from a stomach ulcer in 1916.

natsume soseki

Books

  • I Am a Cat (吾輩は猫である – Wagahai wa Neko dearu, 1905)
  • The Tower of London (倫敦塔 – Rondon Tō, 1905)
  • Kairo-kō (薤露行 – Kairo-kō, 1905)
  • Botchan (坊っちゃん – Botchan, 1906)
  • The Three-Cornered World (草枕 – Kusamakura – literally The Grass Pillow, 1906)
  • The Heredity of Taste (趣味の遺伝 – Shumi no Iden, 1906)
  • The 210th Day (二百十日 – Nihyaku-tōka, 1906)
  • Nowaki (野分 – Nowaki, 1907)
  • The Poppy (虞美人草 – Gubijinsō, 1907)
  • The Miner (坑夫 – Kōfu, 1908)
  • Ten Nights of Dreams (夢十夜 – Yume Jū-ya, 1908)
  • Sanshiro (三四郎 – Sanshirō, 1908)
  • And Then (それから – Sorekara, 1909)
  • The Gate (門 – Mon, 1910)
  • Recollections (思い出す事など- Omoidasu Koto nado – literally Random Memories, 1910)
  • Spring Miscellany (永日小品 – Eijitsu shōhin – literally Long (Spring) Days, Small Pieces, 1910)
  • To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (彼岸過迄 – Higan Sugi Made, 1912)
  • The Wayfarer (行人 – Kōjin, 1912)
  • Kokoro (こころ – Kokoro, 1914)
  • My Individualism (私の個人主義 – Watakushi no Kojin Shugi, 1914)
  • Grass on the Wayside (道草 – Michikusa, 1915)
  • Inside My Glass Doors (硝子戸の中 – Garasu Do no Uchi, 1915)
  • Light and Darkness (明暗 – Meian, 1916. Unfinished.)
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