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- DescriptionOriginally published in Japanese, in 1983, shortly after Roggendorf's death, the English text from which the Japanese translation was made has only recently come to light; it is presented in this volume. Pen-portraits by Edward Seidensticker and also Hugh Cortazzi illuminate the man and his work and help fill in some of the inevitable 'gaps' of persona and place.
- Author BiographyJoseph Roggendorf was born in 1908, in Mechernich, west of Cologne, the eldest of eight children. He recalls, when returning to the region: 'As I stood there ... looking down on my native town and, further to the east, the plain of Cologne, I felt that it was here, at this spot, that my interest in the intermingling of cultures had begun.' Just before completing his seven years at Gymnasium (1919-26), he announced that he was going to become a priest and join the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); he made his first trip to Japan ten years later. 'The image of Japan had been looming in my motives to join the Jesuit Order,' he admits. In 1937 he was required to return to Europe (England) to complete his studies at London University so that he could teach in the newly-established English Literature Department at Sophia University. He left England in June 1940, shortly after Dunkirk, and returned to Japan where he was to spend the rest of his life. Fr Roggendorf died suddenly on 27 December 1982.
- Author(s)Joseph Roggendorf
- Date of Publication19/08/2004
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationFolkestone
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGlobal Oriental Ltd
- Weight400 g
- Width145 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byEdward Seidenticker
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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