Ozaki Koyo

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Ozaki Koyo


(pen name of Tokutaro). Born Dec. 16, 1867, in Tokyo; died there Oct. 30, 1903. Japanese writer.

Ozaki graduated from the literature department of Tokyo University. In 1888 he and Yamada Bimyo founded the literary society Friends of Calligraphy, oriented toward the old literary traditions. In his early works, Ozaki imitated Ihara Saikaku. His novels Love Confession of Two Nuns (1889), The Scented Pillow (1890), and Two Wives depict the life and mores of the past; the novels Many Feelings, Much Sorrow (1896) and The Gold Demon (1897) decry the omnipotence of money in society. Ozaki’s literary language approaches the colloquial.


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