Born 5 February 1911
Died 12 July 1988(aged 77)
Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
Occupation Writer and literary critic Genres Biography, stage plays
Mitsuo Nakamura (中村 光夫 Nakamura Mitsuo , 5 February 1911 – 12 July 1988) was the pen-name of a writer of biographies and stage-plays, and a literary critic active in Shōwa period Japan. His real name was Koba Ichiro.
Nakamura exhibited a talent for literature at an early age, and while still a student at Tokyo Imperial University was submitting literary criticism essays to the journal Bungakukai ("The Literary World"). His critical study of the novelist Futabatei Shimei, published as Futabatei Shimei ron in 1936, received high acclaim, which encouraged him to devote his energies into similar critiques of contemporary Japanese and Western writers, focusing on cultural comparisons.
After the war, in 1950, he published Fuzoku Shosetsu Ron, in which he analyzed modern Japanese realism and made a scathing attack against the I Novel which he criticized as being little more than thinly disguised autobiographies, lacking in any meaningful social commentary and removed from modern urban life and realities.
He continued to write critical studies of various contemporary Japanese authors, including Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Shiga Naoya and on contemporary Japanese fiction in general.
However, Nakamura also wrote a number of stage plays, including Pari Hanjoki ("Prospering in Paris") and Kiteki Issei ("Starting Whistle"), and novels, including Waga Sei no Hakusho ("Confessions of My Sexuality") Nise no Guzo ("False Idols"), and Aru Ai ("A Certain Love").
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