SHIMAZAKI Toson

Date of Birth and Death
March 25, 1872 - August 22, 1943
Birthplace (modern name)
Nagano
Occupation, Status
Literary Figure
Pen name etc.
Haruki, Kotouammusei

Description

Poet and novelist. Born in Nagano, the son of a village headman who was running a Honjin (official inn) at Kiso Magomejuku. A graduate of Meiji Gakuin. While studying there, Shimazaki was baptized and his interest in literature increased. He launched the magazine "Bungakkai" (the Literary World) with Tokoku Kitamura and other staff in 1893. He published "Wakanashu" (Collection of Young Herbs) (1897), "Hitohabune" (1898), "Natsukusa" (1898), and "Rakubaishu" (1901), winning a reputation as Shintaishijin(new-style poet). Later, he became known as a representative naturalistic novelist for writing "Hakai" (the broken commandment) (1906), and publishing "Shinsei" (New Life) (1918-19), "Yoake Mae" (Before The Dawn) (1929-35).

Publications

National Diet Library Online

SNS

SHIMAZAKI Toson

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