A timeline about the Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki, his works, and his world
Created by jkvincent on Dec 28, 2013
Last updated: 04/17/14 at 08:30 AM
To commemorate the 100 anniversary of the publication of Kokoro, Asahi will serialize Kokoro once again for 110 installments, beginning 4/20/2014.
Yoshiya Nobuko read Soseki's 文学評論 in Kamakura during the last weeks of the Pacific War.
Published initially in the journal Die Weißen Blätter. Appears as a slender volume in the Kurt Wolf Verlag in December 1915. But Kafka wrote it beginning in late 1912. So its composition and publication straddle that of Kokoro. See Susan Bernofsky's afterword to her new translation. Norton, 2014.
Proust signs a contract in March 1913 with Éditions Grasset. He agrees to pay the cost of publication himself, after having the book rejected by André Gide, at NRF.
For the full text and publication information see http://cather.unl.edu/0002.html#histApp
Recently rediscovered essay in which Soseki waxes apologetic for the civilizing mission of Japanese Empire. Or does he? See Andre Haag's paper.
A visit on his way back from Manchuria, Korea. Although suffering from stomach pains, he chose to get off in Kyoto to see the foliage in Takao.
At the invitation of Nakamura Yoshikoto, president of the South Manchurian Railroad,Co, better known as the Mantetsu, Soseki visited Manchuria and Korea (Sept 1-Oct 17). He recorded this trip in his diary and the Manchurian part of the trip in the travelogue Mankan tokorodokoro.
Takahama Kyoshi sells the manuscript of Botchan to the haiku poet Mizuochi Roseki 水落露石. Roseki's son later sells it to the collector 柳沢真次郎 sometime in the 1930s. Stamps 朱印 of both men's collections appear on the first page of the manuscript. See Akiyama Yutaka's introduction to 『直筆で読む「坊ちやん」』集英社新書２００７年。p. 9.
Soseki's trip after leaving the university and beginning employment at Asahi Shinbun. Essay 京を着ける夕is from this trip, recalling also trip one from 1892, made with Shiki who had since died.
Snippits from diary:
The train left at 8AM and arrived 7:37PM the same day. This is where the first phrase of the essay comes from, to wit: 汽車は流星の疾きに comes from! Well relatively speaking…
Writes introduction to "Enishi," Nogami Yaeko's first published short story, in the February, 1907 issue of Hototogisu. (Reprinted along with Soseki's introduction in 『ホトトギス名作文学集』小学館 １９９５年。84-93.
See Robert Tuck's paper.
He would have left Tokyo at 9:50 PM on July 7th and arrived July 8th at 3:30PM. He stayed with Masaoka Shiki at the Hiragiya Ryokan.