Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata

Born: June 14, 1899

Died: April 16, 1972

Nationality: Japanese

Occupation: Novelist, writer

Biography: Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.

Source/Notes: As quoted by John Cheever in Home Before Dark: A Personal Memoir of John Cheever by His Daughter (1985) by Susan Cheever