Nakano Shigeharu

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Nakano Shigeharu


Born Jan. 25, 1902, in the Fukui Prefecture, Honshu Island. Japanese writer and publicist.

Nakano graduated from the department of literature of Tokyo Imperial University in 1927. He took part in the social movement of the 1920’s that called for proletarian literature and art. He is widely known for his poem The Song (1926) and short stories of this period, including “The Wind in Spring” (1928), “The Story of Tetsu” (1929), and “Sugar” (1930). He is the author of the autobiographical works A House in the Village (1935) and Farewell to Song (1939).

Nakano was one of the founders of the New Japan Literature Society (1945). His postwar prose, including The Mind (1954), The Pear Blossom (1958), and ABCD (1969), is also autobiographical.


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