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Donald Keene (1922–2019)

Donald Keene was born on June 6, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Lawrence Keene. He was a writer, known for Hanjo (1964), Arena (1975) and Invitation to World Literature (2010). He died on February 24, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. See full bio »


(age 96) in Tokyo, Japan

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Hanjo Writer
Arena Himself


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 1964 Hanjo (TV Movie) (translation: English)
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 2002 When Cultures Collide: From Perry to Pearl Harbor (Video documentary) (special thanks)
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 2013 Watashi no Genji monogatari (TV Movie documentary)
 2012 Sawako no asa (TV Series)
- Donald Keene (2012) ... Himself
 2011 Today's Close Up (TV Series)
- Donald Keene (2011) ... Himself
 2010 Invitation to World Literature (TV Series documentary)
- The Tale of Genji (2010) ... Himself
 1985 Arena (TV Series documentary)
- The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima (1985) ... Himself

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I suppose every kind of poetry has its overtones, things that are not spoken. But this is especially true of Japanese. The most important statement in the English language is "I love you." You translate that into Japanese, there's no "I" and there's no "you".


Graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor's degree in 1942. See more »

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