About the Author
Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) is widely considered the foremost writer of modern Japan. Well versed in world literature, Natsume spent years studying in London before returning to Japan to establish his own literary career with classics such as I Am a Cat, Botchan, and Kokoro. Now a national treasure, his innovation and style continue to exert influence on generation after generation of modern Japanese writers.
Edwin McClellan received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was chairman of the Department of Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He wrote several articles and translations of Japanese literature.