Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎 Tanizaki Jun’ichirō?, 24 July 1886 – 30 July 1965) was a Japanese modern writer.

Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Tanizaki was born into a rich merchant class family in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. His childhood home was destroyed in the 1894 Meiji Tokyo earthquake, and his family’s finances declined dramatically. He was then forced to work in another household as a tutor. Menawhile, he attended the Tokyo First Middle School, and started to study Literature at the Tokyo Imperial University. Unable to pay the University’s tuition, he drop out in 1911.

Tanizaki began his literary career in 1909, with the publication of a one-act stage play in a literary magazine that he had helped found. He also had a brief career in silent cinema, working as a script writer for the Taikatsu film studio. He died of a heart attack in 1965.

Books

Published in English
  • Some Prefer Nettles, tr. Edward Seidensticker, Alfred A. Knopf 1955, Vintage Press 1995. ISBN 0-679-75269-2
  • The Makioka Sisters, tr. Edward Seidensticker, Alfred A. Knopf 1957, Vintage Press 1995. ISBN 0-679-76164-0
  • The Key and Diary of a Mad Old Man, tr. Howard Hibbert, Alfred A. Knopf 1960 and 1965 respectively, reissued in a single volume by Vintage Press 2004. ISBN 1-4000-7900-4
  • Seven Japanese Tales, tr. Howard Hibbett, Alfred A. Knopf 1963. ISBN 0-679-76107-1
  • In Praise of Shadows, tr. Thomas J. Harper and Edward G. Seidensticker, Leete’s Island Books 1977, Charles E. Tuttle 1984.
  • Naomi, tr. Anthony Chambers, Alfred A. Knopf 1985, Vintage Press 2001. ISBN 0-375-72474-5
  • Childhood Years: A Memoir, tr. Paul McCarthy, Kodansha International 1988. ISBN 0-00-654450-9
  • A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, tr. Paul McCarthy, Kodansha International 1990. ISBN 4-7700-1605-0
  • The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi and Arrowroot, tr. Anthony Chambers, Alfred A. Knopf 1992, Vintage Press 2003. ISBN 0-375-71931-8
  • Quicksand, tr. Howard Hibbett, Alfred A. Knopf 1993, Vintage Press 1995. ISBN 0-679-76022-9
  • The Reed Cutter and Captain Shigemoto’s Mother, tr. Anthony Chambers, Alfred A. Knopf 1993.
  • The Gourmet Club, tr. Anthony Chambers and Paul McCarthy, Kodansha International 2001. ISBN 4-7700-2972-1
All Works
  • “The Tattooer” (刺青 – Shisei, 1910)
  • “Terror” (恐怖 – Kyōfu, 1913)
  • “Gold and Silver” (金と銀 – Kin to Gin, 1918)
  • “Fumiko’s Legs” (富美子の足 – Fumiko no ashi, 1919)
  • “The Thief” (私 – Watakushi, 1921)
  • “Aguri” (青い花 – Aoi hana, 1922)
  • Naomi, aka A Fool’s Love (痴人の愛 – Chijin no Ai, 1924)
  • “Tomoda and Matsunaga’s Story” ( 友田と松永の話 – Tomoda to Matsunaga no hanashi, 1926)
  • “Mr. Bluemound” (青塚氏の話 – “Aotsuka no Hanashi”, 1926)
  • Quicksand (Manji, 1928 – 1930)
  • Some Prefer Nettles (蓼喰う蟲 – Tade kuu mushi, 1929)
  • Arrowroot (吉野葛 – Yoshino kuzu, 1931)
  • The Reed Cutter (蘆刈 – Ashikari, 1932)
  • “A Portrait of Shunkin” (春琴抄 – Shunkinshō, 1933)
  • In Praise of Shadows (陰翳礼讃 – In’ei Raisan, 1933)
  • The Secret History of the Lord of Musash (武州公秘話 – Bushukō Hiwa, 1935)
  • “A Cat, A Man, and Two Women” (猫と庄造と二人の女 – Neko to Shōzō to Futari no Onna, 1936)
  • The Makioka Sisters ( 細雪 – Sasameyuki, 1943 – 1948)
  • Captain Shigemoto’s Mother (少将滋幹の母 – Shōshō Shigemoto no haha, 1949)
  • The Key (鍵 – Kagi, 1956)
  • Childhood Years: A Memoir (幼少時代 – Yōshō Jidai, 1957)
  • Diary of a Mad Old Man (瘋癲老人日記 – Fūten Rōjin Nikki, 1961)
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