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Keene, Donald

Works: 771 works in 2,825 publications in 7 languages and 57,486 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Drama  Sources  Biographies  Literature  Essays  Short stories  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Compiler, win, Contributor, wpr, Creator, Narrator, Speaker, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, wat
Classifications: PL882, 895.609
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donald Keene
Anthology of Japanese literature : from the earliest era to the mid-nineteenth century by Donald Keene( Book )

135 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This extensive anthology includes excerpts from plays and novels plus stories, fairy tales, and many poems
Five modern Japanese novelists by Donald Keene( )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2019 in English and Japanese and held by 2,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Five Modern Japanese Novelists profiles five prominent writers whom Donald Keene knew personally: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Abe Kobo, and Shiba Ryotaro. Keene masterfully blends vignettes describing his personal encounters with these famous men with autobiographical observations and his trademark learned literary and cultural analysis."--Jacket
Modern Japanese literature : an anthology by Donald Keene( Book )

98 editions published between 1956 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translated selections from literary writings of the last 80 years reflects strongly the social, political and cultural Japanese background
Emperor of Japan : Meiji and his world, 1852-1912 by Donald Keene( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Emperor Meiji began his rule in 1867, Japan was a splintered empire, dominated by the shogun and the daimyos, who ruled over the country's more than 250 decentralized domains and who were, in the main, cut off from the outside world, staunchly anti-foreign, and committed to the traditions of the past. Before long, the shogun surrendered to the emperor, a new constitution was adopted, and Japan emerged as a modern, industrialized state. Despite the length of his reign, little has been written about the strangely obscured figure of Meiji himself, the first emperor ever to meet a European. Most historians discuss the period that takes his name while barely mentioning the man, assuming that he had no real involvement with the affairs of the state. Even Japanese who believe Meiji to have been their nation's greatest ruler may have trouble recalling a single personal accomplishment that might account for such a glorious reputation. Donald Keene sifts the available evidence to present a portrait not only of Meiji but also of rapid and sometimes violent change during this pivotal period in Japan's history. We move with the emperor through his early, traditional education; join in the formal processions that acquainted the young emperor with his country and its people; observe his behavior in court, his marriage, and his relationships with various consorts; and follow his maturation into a "Confucian" sovereign dedicated to simplicity, frugality, and hard work. Later, during Japan's wars with China and Russia, we witness Meiji's struggle to reconcile his personal commitment to peace and his nation's increasingly militarized experience of modernization
Anthology of Chinese literature by Cyril Birch( Book )

30 editions published between 1965 and 1985 in English and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents classic Chinese tales of love and morality, marriage and justice, and the strange and supernatural
Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion : the creation of the soul of Japan by Donald Keene( )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flower arrangement, ink painting, and shoin-zukua-i architecture began or became of major importance under Yoshimasa. Poets introduced their often barely literate warlord-hosts to the literary masterpieces of the past and taught them how to compose poetry. Even the most barbarous warlord came to want the trappings of culture that would enable him to feel like a civilized man." "Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion gives this long-neglected but critical period in Japanese history the thorough treatment it deserves."--Jacket
Frog in the well : portraits of Japan by Watanabe Kazan, 1793-1841 by Donald Keene( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frog in the Well is a vivid and revealing account of Watanabe Kazan, one of the most important intellectuals of the late Tokugawa period. From his impoverished upbringing to his tragic suicide in exile, Kazan's life and work reflected a turbulent period in Japan's history. He was a famous artist, a Confucian scholar, a student of Western culture, a samurai, and a critic of the shogunate who, nevertheless, felt compelled to kill himself for fear that he had caused his lord anxiety. During this period, a typical Japanese scholar or artist refused to acknowledge the outside world, much like a "frog in the well that knows nothing of the ocean," but Kazan actively sought out Western learning. He appreciated European civilization and bought every scrap of European art that was available in Japan. He became a painter to help his family out of poverty and, by employing the artistic techniques of the West, achieved great success with his realistic and stylistically advanced portraits. Although he remained a nationalist committed to the old ways, Kazan called on the shogunate to learn from the West or risk disaster. He strove to improve the agricultural and economic conditions of his province and reinforce its defenses, but his criticisms and warnings about possible coastal invasions ultimately led to his arrest and exile. Frog in the Well is the first full-length biography of Kazan in English, and, in telling his life's story, renowned scholar Donald Keene paints a fascinating portrait of the social and intellectual milieus of the late Tokugawa period. Richly illustrated with Kazan's paintings, Frog in the Well illuminates a life that is emblematic of the cultural crises affecting Japan in the years before revolution. --
Twenty plays of the Nō theatre by Donald Keene( Book )

20 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Japanese literature : an introduction for Western readers by Donald Keene( Book )

41 editions published between 1953 and 1992 in English and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pleasures of Japanese literature by Donald Keene( Book )

19 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps no one is more qualified to write about Japanese culture than Donald Keene, considered the leading interpreter of that nation's literature to the Western world. The author, editor, or translator of nearly three dozen books of criticism and works of literature, Keene now offers an enjoyable and beautifully written introduction to traditional Japanese culture for the general reader. The book acquaints the reader with Japanese aesthetics, poetry, fiction, and theater, and offers Keene's appreciations of these topics. Based on lectures given at the New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the University of California, Los Angeles, the essays -though written by a renowned scholar- presuppose no knowledge of Japanese culture. Keene's deep learning, in fact, enables him to construct an overview as delightful to read as it is informative. His insights often illuminate aspects of traditional Japanese culture that endure today. One of these is the appreciation of "perishability." this appreciation os seen in countless little bits of Japanese life: in temples made of wood instead of durable materials; in the preference for objects -such as pottery- that are worn, broken, or used rather than new; and in the national love of the delicate cherry blossom, which normally falls after a brief three days of flowering. Keene quotes the fourteenth-century Buddhist monk Kenko, who wrote that "the most precious thing about life is its uncertainty." Throughout the volume, Keene demonstrates that the rich artistic and social traditions of Japan can indeed be understood by readers from our culture
Major plays by Monzaemon Chikamatsu( Book )

17 editions published between 1961 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Major Plays of Chikamatsu gives Western readers a fascinating look at seventeenth century Japanese culture. Like other playwrights before him, Chikamatsu created characters who are members of a society driven by its mores. However, unlike those of other playwrights of the period, Chikamatsu's characters have multidimensional personalities and unconventional voices, making his art more realistc and complex."--Publisher's description
Dawn to the West : Japanese literature of the modern era by Donald Keene( Book )

50 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and held by 1,390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dawn to the West, a two-volume work covering the modern period in Japanese literature, is part of a larger work, Donald Keene's multi-volume history of the whole of Japanese literature."-T.p. verso
Sources of Japanese tradition by Ryūsaku Tsunoda( Book )

1 edition published in 1958 in English and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World within walls : Japanese literature of the pre-modern era, 1600-1867 by Donald Keene( Book )

47 editions published between 1976 and 1999 in English and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Tokugawa family held the shogunate from 1603 to 1867, ruling Japan and keeping the island nation isolated from the rest of the world for more than 250 years. Donald Keene looks within the "walls" of isolation and meticulously chronicles the period's vast literary output, providing both lay readers and scholars with the definitive history of premodern Japanese literature. World Within Walls spans the age in which Japanese literature began to reach a popular audience--as opposed to the elite aristocratic readers to whom it had previously been confined. Keene comprehensively treats each of the new, popular genres that arose, including haiku, Kabuki, and the witty, urbane prose of the newly ascendant merchant class."--Back cover
The first modern Japanese : the life of Ishikawa Takuboku by Donald Keene( )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takuboku, modern poet -- Takuboku in Tokyo -- Takuboku the schoolteacher -- Exile to Hokkaido -- Hakodate and Sapporo -- Takuboku in Otaru -- A winter in Kushiro -- A poet once again -- Takuboku joins the Asahi -- The Romaji diary -- The sorrow of Takuboku and Setsuko -- Failure and success -- Takuboku on poetry -- The high treason trial -- The last days -- Takuboku's life after death
So lovely a country will never perish : wartime diaries of Japanese writers by Donald Keene( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the Greater East Asia War and its initial triumphs, aroused pride and a host of other emotions among the Japanese people. Yet the single year in which Japanese forces occupied territory from Alaska to Indonesia was followed by three years of terrible defeat. Nevertheless, until the shattering end of the war, many Japanese continued to believe in the invincibility of their country. But in the diaries of well-known writers--including Nagai Kafu, Takami Jun, Yamada Futaru, and Hirabayashi Taiko--and the scholar Watanabe Kazuo, varying doubts were vividly, though privately, expressed
The Japanese discovery of Europe, 1720-1830 by Donald Keene( Book )

43 editions published between 1952 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1954 ed. published under title: The Japanese discovery of Europe. Bibliography: p. 245-250
The winter sun shines in : a life of Masaoka Shiki by Donald Keene( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rather than resist the vast changes sweeping Japan in the 19th century, the poet Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) incorporated new Western influences into his country's native haiku and tanka verse. Based on extensive readings of Shiki's own writings and accounts of the poet by his contemporaries and family, Donald Keene Charts Shiki's distinctive (and often contradictory) experiments with haiku and tanka, a dynamic process that made the survival of these genres possible in a globalizing world
Nō; the classical theatre of Japan by Donald Keene( Book )

43 editions published between 1966 and 1978 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sources of Japanese tradition by Ryūsaku Tsunoda( Book )

19 editions published between 1958 and 1971 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Anthology of Chinese literature
Five modern Japanese novelistsModern Japanese literature : an anthologyEmperor of Japan : Meiji and his world, 1852-1912Anthology of Chinese literatureYoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion : the creation of the soul of JapanFrog in the well : portraits of Japan by Watanabe Kazan, 1793-1841Twenty plays of the Nō theatreThe pleasures of Japanese literature
Alternative Names
Donald Keene americký japanolog

Donald Keene Amerikaans taalkundige

Donald Keene Japanese/American academic

Donald Keene saggista, traduttore e insegnante statunitense

Donald Keene US-amerikanischer Japanologe und Literaturwissenschaftler

Donaldus Keene

Donarudo Kîn

Donarudo Kīn 1922-

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Keane, Donald

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Keene, Donald L.

Keene, Donald Lawrence

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Kin, D.

Kin, Donalʹd

Kin, Donal'd 1922-2019

Kīn, Donarudo

Kīn, Donarudo 1922-

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Дональд Кин американский японовед

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Кин, Д. (Дональд), 1922-

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קין, דונלד

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دونالد كين أكاديمي ياباني أمريكي

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ドナルド・キーン アメリカ合衆国出身の日本学者