Welcome to the new Anthem Press website, currently in BETA mode. The fully functional and updated site will be live soon!

Thousand Strands of Black Hair

Thousand Strands of Black Hair

By Seiko Tanabe, Translated by Meredith McKinney

This book tells the story of the turbulent lives of Akiko Yosano (1878–1942) and Tekkan Yosano (1873–1935), two poets who sparked a revolution in the world of Japanese classical poetry.

Hardback, 283 Pages

ISBN:9780857282460

January 2012

£19.99, $34.95

More Retailers>

  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents
  • Recently Viewed Titles

About This Book

This book examines and re-imagines the turbulent and intertwined lives of Akiko Yosano (1878–1942) and Tekkan Yosano (1873–1935), two poets who sparked a revolution in the world of Japanese ‘tanka’ (short-verse classical poetry).

Born in provincial Sakai, in the Osaka prefecture, the young Akiko defied expectation to become a female poet, a calling through which she met Tekkan Yosano, the figurehead poet of the iconic literary journal 'Myojo' and who would eventually become her husband. The author explores the effect of their passionate and at times tormented relationship on their hugely influential work, as well as describing each of their childhoods, as she uses documentary sources along with her storytelling abilities in order to evoke the intimate details of their lives, together and apart. The story of these two poets is interwoven with those of the other poets and family who surrounded them, while these personal stories are also situated within their wider historical context.

Sensitively and beautifully translated by Meredith McKinney, this is an intimate and personal exploration of the compelling lives of these two Japanese poets, in what the author calls 'a love letter' to their memories.

Reviews

No reviews for this title.

Author Information

Seiko Tanabe is a fiction writer and the winner of the Akutagawa Prize for her 1964 novel ‘Senchimentaru jani’ (Sentimental Journey).

Meredith McKinney is currently a visiting fellow at the Japan Centre, Australian National University, and works as a freelance translator.

Series

No series for this title.

Table of Contents

Recently Viewed Titles

Latest Tweets

  • "Learning from Franz Neumann" examines the political and legal thought of Franz Neumann in relation to the modern d… https://t.co/IUtDnWrMte

    - 03:44:27 on 15/06/2019
  • Listen to @ProfSteveFuller, author of Post-Truth, talk about fake news, institutionalisation of knowledge and moder… https://t.co/owKlTyo9NO

    - 03:44:27 on 14/06/2019
  • Dive deep into English Romantic William Wordsworth with our forthcoming title Poetic Innovation in Wordsworth 1825–… https://t.co/brxlRNx6sG

    - 03:44:27 on 13/06/2019
  • Explore the newest addition to Anthem's Economic Ideas that Built Europe Series, A Treatise on Abundance (1638) and… https://t.co/RjzJdWL4ON

    - 03:44:27 on 12/06/2019
  • RT @KUnlatched: Today's #openaccess #book of the day is: Darwin, Tennyson and Their Readers Editor: Valerie Purton Publisher: @AnthemPress…

    - 03:44:27 on 11/06/2019
  • New title out on Anthem Press this month. Vyāsa Redux: Narrative in Epic Mahābhārata by Kevin McGrath. Explore this… https://t.co/05vZj54xRz

    - 03:44:27 on 08/06/2019
  • RT @DavideGeneletti: Hot off the press: #Multicriteria Analysis for #Environmental #decisionmaking. W/ case studies on #EIA, #SpatialPlanni…

    - 03:44:27 on 06/06/2019
  • Dive into a highlight from our Anthem Companions series with our authoritative companion to Max Weber. Available he… https://t.co/TNdb1mK916

    - 03:44:27 on 06/06/2019
  • RT @TheRealNews: What would a pro-people, pro-climate economic policy look like? And how could it change our lives? James K. Boyce of @PE…

    - 03:44:27 on 05/06/2019
  • Watch James K. Boyce, author of Economics for People and the Planet: Inequality in the Era of Climate Change, inter… https://t.co/IK8XMrOlD3

    - 03:44:27 on 05/06/2019