This is the first book in a multivolume history of modern Japanese literature by the world's authoritative translator and scholar of Japanese culture and literature, complete with an appendix, glossary, index, a selected list of translations into English, and an introduction.
The publication of Dawn to the West . . . will do even more to establish modern Japanese literature as one of the major literatures of the world. . . . Here, for the first time, in two monumental volumes, are Mr. Keene's readable, yet thoroughly scholarly, essays on virtually all aspects of modern Japan's major creative writing. The first volume of Dawn to the West, which is devoted to fiction, contains complete studies of all the important Japanese writers since the Meiji Restoration in 1868, both those widely read in the West and others less well known.