WorldCat Identities

Marcus, Marvin 1944-

Overview
Works: 6 works in 42 publications in 1 language and 2,694 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Found poetry  Poetry  Fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PL812.A8, 895.6342
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Marvin Marcus
Paragons of the ordinary : the biographical literature of Mori Ōgai by Marvin Marcus( )

13 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paragons of the Ordinary is about a quite extraordinary literary achievement: a series of biographies of obscure scholar-literati written by Mori Ogai, one of Japan's most prominent writers and intellectuals. Deeply concerned about the cultural toll taken by Japan's headlong modernization early in this century, Ogai employed the format of newspaper serialization in presenting meticulously researched accounts of individuals who had come to embody exemplary traits and traditional virtues. His unique project, undertaken over the period 1916-1921, resulted in nine interconnected works, the centerpiece of which is based on the life of Shibue Chusai, an all-but-unknown individual toward whom Ogai developed a deep bond of kinship and reverence, much like the sense of discipleship that Marvin Marcus holds toward Ogai."--BOOK JACKET. "In exploring Ogai's biographical project, Marcus' aim is to convey a sense of its unique power and authority and to show how this power derives from Ogai's deft use of anecdotal episodes to highlight the exemplary character of his subject. Marcus places Ogai's work in the context of a long tradition of biographical narrative in Japan; at the same time he calls attention to the author's relationship to the contemporary literary scene and its journalistic orientation. Ogai's biographical works stand on their own as the unique artistic achievement of a giant of modern Japanese literature and culture. They also constitute a brilliant critique of a society that had lost touch with its traditional values. Marcus' reading of a literature often considered "inaccessible" or "elitist" will be relevant to the study of Japanese literature and history as well as to the craft of biographical research and of journalistic conventions that influence writers - in Japan as elsewhere."--Jacket
Reflections in a glass door : memory and melancholy in the personal writings of Natsume Sōseki by Sōseki Natsume( )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each chapter contains portions of some of Soseki's essays on a particular topic published at various times in his life. The selections are embedded within the editor's narration of Soseki's life and the circumstances of his writing
Inside my glass doors by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 210th day by Sōseki Natsume( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 210th Day reveals another facet of Soseki's skills. Written almost entirely in dialogue form, it demonstrates Soseki's vivid imagination and his gift for striking images. It follows two friend's attempt to climb the rumbling Mount Aso as it threatens to erupt -- recording their banter about their backgrounds, behaviors, and reactions to the things they see along the way. The 210th Day combines Eastern and Western genres -- the Western autobiography and the traditional Japanese literary diary -- into a work with a unified theme and atmosphere
Japanese literature : from Murasaki to Murakami by Marvin Marcus( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orientations : the found poetry of scholarly discourse on Asia by Marvin Marcus( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Reflections in a glass door : memory and melancholy in the personal writings of Natsume Sōseki
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Inside my glass doorsThe 210th dayOrientations : the found poetry of scholarly discourse on Asia
Languages
English (42)