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NATSUME SOSEKI (1867-1916), the widely read author of a variety of novels, essays, and haiku and kanshi poetry toward the end of the Meiji period (1868-1912), is the dominant figure in modern Japanese literature. He published his first work of fiction in 1905, the first chapter of what would become the famous satirical novel I Am a Cat. Other major works of his that have appeared in English translation include Botchan, Kusamakura, The Miner, and Kokoro. WILLIAM F. SIBLEY (1941-2009) was an emeritus professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. EDWARD FOWLER is a professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of California, Irvine. PICO IYER is the author of several books, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, and The Global Soul. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications and his most recent book is The Man Within My Head. He lives in Japan.
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