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At a Glance
Materials are arranged in six series: Abe Kōbō, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Ōe Kenzaburō, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō, and General Correspondents. Within the first five series, materials are arranged chronologically, with correspondence followed by photographs, printed writings and other miscellaneous materials. Within the last series, materials are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and therein chronologically.
Collection of letters from Japanese literary authors and critics, such as Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Ōoka Makoto, Abe Kōbō, Ariyoshi Sawako, and Oda Makoto, to Prof. Donald Keene and dated from ca. 1953 to present
First editions of works by many of the authors represented in the collection, inscribed to Donald Keene and signed by the author, are held in Special Collections in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library
This collection contains letters, postcards, manuscripts, published papers, photographs, and other ephemera from Japanese literary authors, critics, artists, and architects such as Abe Kōbo, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Ōe Kenzaburō, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō. These materials were sent to, or otherwise acquired by, Professor Donald Keene between 1952 and 2004.
Using the Collection
C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Additional Online Description
Restrictions on Access
This collection is available to qualified readers during Rare Book and Special Collection Reading Room hours in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University. Hours of operation can be found on the Library's website. Readers who are not affiliated with Columbia University should first obtain a reader's card at the Library Information Office, 201 Butler Library.
Patron use of the original documents in this collection is restricted. Patrons are requested to consult the copies that exist for all items and that are arranged in identical sequence to the corresponding originals.
Letters to Donald Keene from Japanese Literary Figures. C. V. Starr East Asian Library. Columbia University.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, C. V. Starr East Asian Library
This collection was processed by Annemarie van Roessel, Mellon Project Archivist, with the assistance of Hisako Miyakoshi, for the C. V. Starr East Asian Library in July and August, 2005.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Professor Donald Keene is one of the world's foremost scholars of Japanese literature, history, and culture. His writings and teaching have helped familiarize audiences everywhere with the richness of Japan's heritage. His classic Anthology of Japanese Literature has remained in print since its publication in 1955 by Grove Press. Donald Keene received his B.A. (1942), M.A. (1947), and Ph.D. (1949) degrees from Columbia University, and his Litt. D. from Cambridge University in 1978. He began teaching at Columbia University in 1955, and was named Columbia University Shinchō Professor of Japanese Literature in 1981 and University Professor in 1989. Professor Keene has received numerous honorary degrees and cultural prizes. In 2002, he was awarded one of Japan's highest honors, the title "Person of Cultural Merit" (Bunka Kōrō-sha), for his distinguished service in the promotion of Japanese literature and culture.