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Five Plays by KISHIDA Kunio

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David G. GOODMAN, Editor
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Kishida Kunio (1890-1954) has been touted as Japan's finest prewar playwright but few of his works have been translated into English. This volume brings together for the first time representative plays that span the entire course of Kishida's career, including in this expanded edition, a new translation of his maiden work, Autumn in the Tyrols. The plays collected in this anthology are the ones critics have regarded as Kishida's best and that the dramatist himself preferred. An introductory essay by the editor relates Kishida's work to his personal psychology and his historical environment and discusses the controversy that has surrounded him for his collaboration with military authorities during World War II. | 182 pages


  • Preface to the Expanded Edition
  • Introduction by David G. Goodman

The Plays

  • Autumn in the Tyrols Translated by David G. Goodman and Kathleen Shigeta
  • Paper Balloon Translated by Richard McKinnon
  • Cloudburst Translated by Richard McKinnon
  • A Diary of Fallen Leaves Translated by David G. Goodman and J. Thomas Rimer
  • The Two Daughters of Mr. Sawa Translated by David G. Goodman
  • Adoration Translated by Richard McKinnon



  • David Goodman (1946-2011) is the translator of After Apoccalypse: Four Japanese Plays of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, editor-translator of Land of Volcanic Ash; and author of Japanese Drama and Culture in the 1960s. He was Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

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