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Two writers, Natsume Soseki and Shimazaki Toson, invented the modern Japanese novel.
Soseki is the eccentric novelist who appears on the 10,000 yen note. His contemporary, Shimazaki Toson, brought to Japanese fiction a lyricism previously seen only in poetry and nature writing.
As revered today as they were during their own lifetimes, these two writers boldly established the novel as a major literary form in Japan.
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Edwin McClellan received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was chairman of the Department of Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He wrote several articles and translations of Japanese literature.
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