Eiji Yoshikawa


Born
in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
August 11, 1892

Died
September 07, 1962

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Pen-name of Yoshikawa Hidetsugu. Yoshikawa is well-known for his work as a Japanese historical fiction novelist, and a number of re-makes have been spawned off his work.

In 1960, he received the Order of Cultural Merit.
Eiji Yoshikawa (吉川 英治, August 11, 1892 – September 7, 1962) was a Japanese historical novelist. Among his best-known novels, most are revisions of older classics. He was mainly influenced by classics such as The Tale of the Heike, Tale of Genji, Outlaws of the Marsh, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, many of which he retold in his own style. As an example, the original manuscript of Taiko is 15 volumes; Yoshikawa took up to retell it in a more accessible tone, and reduced it to only two volumes. His other books also serve sim
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Musashi

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4.47 avg rating — 16,201 ratings — published 1935 — 50 editions
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Taiko: An Epic Novel of War...

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4.27 avg rating — 4,178 ratings — published 1945 — 20 editions
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Musashi (Musashi, #2)

4.52 avg rating — 1,189 ratings — published 1935 — 8 editions
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Musashi: The Way of the Sam...

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The Heike Story: A Modern T...

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La pierre et le sabre

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Taiko 1 - Tahun Temmon Keli...

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La Parfaite Lumière

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4.45 avg rating — 390 ratings — published 1935 — 5 editions
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Musashi: The Way of the Sword

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Musashi: The Bushido Code

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“It is easy to crush an enemy outside oneself but impossible to defeat an enemy within.”
Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era

“Fighting isn't all there is to the Art of War. The men who think that way, and are satisfied to have food to eat and a place to sleep, are mere vagabonds. A serious student is much more concerned with training his mind and disciplining his spirit than with developing martial skills.”
Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi

“...you're going to find people from all over the country, everyone hungry for money and position. You won't make a name for yourself just doing what the next man does. You'll have to distinguish yourself in some way.”
Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi