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Keene, Donald

Overview
Works: 753 works in 2,708 publications in 6 languages and 55,446 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Drama  Sources  Literature  Essays  Short stories  Poetry  Nō plays 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Compiler, win, wpr, Contributor, Narrator, Speaker, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: PL882, 895.609
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Donald Keene
Anthology of Japanese literature : from the earliest era to the mid-nineteenth century by Donald Keene( Book )

128 editions published between 1955 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 2,686 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( )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 2,242 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 )

94 editions published between 1956 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,240 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 2,161 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 )

31 editions published between 1965 and 1985 in English and held by 2,098 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 1,732 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( )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,668 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
Japanese literature : an introduction for Western readers by Donald Keene( Book )

43 editions published between 1953 and 1992 in English and held by 1,611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty plays of the Nō theatre by Donald Keene( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The pleasures of Japanese literature by Donald Keene( Book )

17 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,483 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
Dawn to the West : Japanese literature of the modern era by Donald Keene( Book )

48 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and held by 1,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sources of Japanese tradition by Ryūsaku Tsunoda( Book )

5 editions published between 1958 and 1960 in English and held by 1,376 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 Japanese discovery of Europe, 1720-1830 by Donald Keene( Book )

53 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1954 ed. published under title: The Japanese discovery of Europe. Bibliography: p. 245-250
Sources of Japanese tradition by Ryūsaku Tsunoda( Book )

28 editions published between 1958 and 1979 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

V.2. "Since it was first published more than forty years ago, Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume 2, has been considered the authoritative sourcebook for readers and scholars interested in Japan from the eighteenth century to the post-World War II period. Now greatly expanded to include the entire twentieth century, and beginning in 1600, Sources of Japanese Tradition presents writings from modern Japan's most important philosophers, religious figures, writers, and political leaders. The volume also offers extensive introductory essays and commentary to assist in understanding the documents' historical setting and significance. Wonderfully varied in its selections, this eagerly anticipated expanded edition has revised many of the texts from the original edition and added a great many not included or translated before. New additions include documents on the postwar era, the importance of education in the process of modernization, and women's issues. Beginning with documents from the founding of the Tokugawa shogunate, the collection's essays, manifestos, religious tracts, political documents, and memoirs reflect major Japanese religious, philosophical, social, and political movements. Subjects covered include the spread of neo-Confucian and Buddhist teachings, Japanese poetry and aesthetics, and the Meiji Restoration. Other documents reflect the major political trends and events of the period: the abolition of feudalism, agrarian reform, the emergence of political parties and liberalism, and the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars. The collection also includes Western and Japanese impressions of each other via Western religious missions and commercial and cultural exchanges. These selections underscore Japanese and Western apprehension of and fascination with each other. As Japan entered the twentieth century, new political and social movements-Marxism, anarchism, socialism, feminism, and nationalism-entered the national consciousness. Later readings in the collection look at the buildup to war with the United States, military defeat, and American occupation. Documents from the postwar period echo Japan's struggle with its own history and its development as a capitalist democracy." --Publisher description
Nō; the classical theatre of Japan by Donald Keene( Book )

43 editions published between 1966 and 1978 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first modern Japanese : the life of Ishikawa Takuboku by Donald Keene( )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 993 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
Bunraku : the art of the Japanese puppet theatre by Donald Keene( Book )

38 editions published between 1956 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The setting sun by Osamu Dazai( Book )

44 editions published between 1900 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the early postwar years, it probes the destructive effects of war and the transition from a feudal Japan to an industrial society. Ozamu Dazai died, a suicide, in 1948. But the influence of his book has made "people of the setting sun" a permanent part of the Japanese language, and his heroine, Kazuko, a young aristocrat who deliberately abandons her class, a symbol of the anomie which pervades so much of the modern world
So lovely a country will never perish : wartime diaries of Japanese writers by Donald Keene( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The day the war began -- The birth of "greater East Asia"--False victories and real defeats -- A dismal new year -- On the eve -- The jade voice -- The days after -- The revival of literature -- Rejection of the war -- Under the occupation
 
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Anthology of Chinese literature
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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 saggista, traduttore e insegnante statunitense

Donald Keene US-amerikanischer Japanologe und Literaturwissenschaftler

Donarudo Kîn

Donarudo Kīn 1922-

Keane, Donald

Keene 1922- Donald

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Keene, Donald L.

Keene, Donald Lawrence

Keene, Donald Lawrence 1922-

Kin, D.

Kin, Donalʹd

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Kīn, Donarudo

Kīn, Donarudo 1922-

Дональд Кин американский японовед

Кин Д.

Кин, Д 1922-

Кин, Д. (Дональд), 1922-

Кин Дональд

Кин, Дональд 1922-

קין, דונלד

دونالد كين، 1922-

킨, 도날드 1922-

킨, 도날드 로렌스 1922-

킨, 도널드 1922-

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キーン, ドナルド

キーン, ドナルド 1922-

キーンドナルド

キーンドナルド, 1922-

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