Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Ryunosuke  Akutagawa

Because of his extensive literary production in the medium, Ryunosuke Akutagawa is generally referred to as the Father of the Japanese Short Story. He was a contemporary of several key luminaries in modern Japanese literature, such as Soseki Natsume and Junichiro Tanizaki, and was born in 1892. His most renowned works include Rashomon (later turned into a film by Akira Kurozawa), A Nose, and In a Grove, and he is noted for his imaginative and amusing vocabulary, as well as his gloomy and satirical eye for social observation. His literary accomplishment was overshadowed by deep personal melancholy and a love affair.