Eiji Yoshikawa

Japanese novelist

1892   -   1962

genre: historical novel
country of citizenship: Japan
occupation: novelist, writer, screenwriter, journalist, poet
award received: Order of Culture, Kikuchi Kan Prize, Person of Cultural Merit, Asahi Prize

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Eiji Yoshikawa (吉川 英治, Yoshikawa Eiji, August 11, 1892 – September 7, 1962) was a Japanese historical novelist. Among his best-known novels are revisions of older classics. He was mainly influenced by classics such as The Tale of the Heike, Tale of Genji, Water Margin, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, many of which he retold in his own style. As an example, Yoshikawa took up Taiko's original manuscript in 15 volumes to retell it in a more accessible tone and reduce it to only two volumes. His other books also serve similar purposes and, although most of his novels are not original works, he created a huge amount of work and a renewed interest in the past. He was awarded the Cultural Order of Merit in 1960 (the highest award for a man of letters in Japan), the Order of the Sacred Treasure and the Mainichi Art Award just before his death from cancer in 1962. He is cited as one of the best historical novelists in Japan.
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works

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Musashi

novel by Eiji Yoshikawa

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

1935

La Parfaite Lumière

book by Eiji Yoshikawa

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

1935

La Pierre et le Sabre

roman van Eiji Yoshikawa

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

1935

Sangokushi

novel by Eiji Yoshikawa

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

1940

Shinshū Temmakyō

novel by Eiji Yoshikawa

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

The Heike Story

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

The way of life and death

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

The Way of the Samurai

author: Eiji Yoshikawa

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