Novelist, playwright, film actor, martial artist, and political commentator, Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was arguably the most famous person in Japan at the time of his death. Henry Scott Stokes, one of Mishima's closest friends, was the only non-Japanese allowed to attend the trial of the men involved in Mishima's spectacular suicide. In this insightful and empathetic look at the writer, Stokes guides the reader through the milestones of Mishima's meteoric and eclectic career and delves into the artist's major works and themes. This biography skillfully and compassionately illuminates the achievements and disquieting ideas of a brilliant and deeply troubled man, an artist of whom Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata had said, "A writer of Mishima's caliber comes along only once every two or three hundred years."
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Henry Scott Stokes is a noted journalist who has worked for both the New York Times and the London Times. Most recently, he has edited an anthology entitled The Kwangju Uprising: Eyewitness Press Accounts of Korea's Tiananmen. He lives in Tokyo.From Publishers Weekly:
This revised edition of Stokes' 1974 biography of Japanese novelist Mishima, whose obsession with samurai culture and the Emperor led him to commit hara-kiri as a political protest in 1970, is also available in hardcover for $27.50 (-18623-5).
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110374186200
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374186200