ITO Sei

Date of Birth and Death
January 16, 1905 - November 15, 1969
Birthplace (modern name)
Hokkaido
Occupation, Status
Literary Figure
Pen name etc.
ITO Hitoshi (real name)

Description

Novelist, critic and poet. In 1926 he self-published the poetry collection Yukiakari no Michi (Road Lit by Snow). He entered the Tokyo University of Commerce (later Hitotsubashi University) in 1928. Later he switched to novels and essays and made his literary debut with Seibutsusai (A Festival of Animals) in 1932 and thereafter wrote works with 20th century techniques. In the post-war era, he published the book Narumi Senkichi (1946-48) and was prosecuted for producing the translation of D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, which was suspected to be an obscene publication. After that incident, he published the full-length novel Hi no Tori (Firebird) (1949-53) as well as completing the masterpiece Nihon Bundan-shi (The History of Japanese Literature) (1952-69).

Publications

National Diet Library Online

SNS

ITO Sei

  • Portrait of ITO Sei1
  • Portrait of ITO Sei2
  • Portrait of ITO Sei3