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Iwaya Sazanami

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(1870–1933), Japanese novelist, editor, playwright, critic, and storyteller, a pioneer of Japanese children's literature in the Meiji era. Iwaya, whose real name was Iwaya Sueo, achieved ...

Iwaya Sazanami

Iwaya Sazanami   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
212 words

... Sazanami ( 1870–1933 ), Japanese novelist, editor, playwright, critic, and storyteller, a pioneer of Japanese children's literature in the Meiji era. Iwaya, whose real name was Iwaya Sueo, achieved popular success with Koganemaru ( 1891 ), his most important work. It tells how Koganemaru, a dog, exacted revenge on his father's enemies, Kinpou the tiger and Chousui the fox, for siding with Washirou the hunting dog. Koganemaru uses an old literary style and the colloquial storytelling idiom of the Edo era, but is nevertheless regarded as the first...

Iwaya Sazanami

Iwaya Sazanami  

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Literature
(1870–1933), Japanese novelist, editor, playwright, critic, and storyteller, a pioneer of Japanese children's literature in the Meiji era. Iwaya, whose real name was Iwaya Sueo, achieved popular ...
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
1,590 words
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...by Iwaya Sazanami and published by Hakubunkan , both of whom would become major figures in children's literature. Iwaya ’s tale is filled with action, telling of a young dog and his friend who seek revenge against a villainous tiger who murdered the dog's father. The publication of this book coincided with a major debate within literary circles concerning the use of literary language in contemporary fiction. With many translated works being published in vernacular Japanese at that time, several authors began using the style for their own writing. Iwaya was...

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