MAKOTO UEDA is Professor Emeritus of Japanese at Stanford University. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Asian Languages and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the university. Professor Ueda's numerous publications in English include Literary and Art Theories in Japan (Western Reserve University Press), Matsuo Basho (Kodansha International), Modern Japanese Writers and the Nature of Literature (Stanford University Press), Modern Japanese Haiku (University of Toronto Press), Modern Japanese Tanka (Columbia University Press), and The Path of Flowering Thorn: The Life and Poetry of Yosa Buson (Stanford University Press).
Makoto Ueda currently resides in the state of California. Makoto Ueda was born in 1931.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dew on the Grass: The Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa (Brill's Japanese Studies Library)?
Issa We Never Knew Ye Nov 12, 2004
This book is *the* essential book on Issa for English readers, and for Japanese who read English as well. Debunking a great deal of the myth (some of which Issa seems directly responsible for), this book gives a straightforward overview of the poet's life and the development of his haiku. Showing that although he did indeed have a difficult childhood and youth, Issa gained serious recognition and financial security in his middle years, even returning to his childhood home as a modestly comfortable landowner. It also takes up the forces bearing on his development as a poet, including the haiku hierarchy of his time and the effects of this and of religion and personal tragedy late in life on his changing poetics. The plentiful translations, of haiku, a complete linked poem, and a number of short prose pieces, are well done and worth the price of admission.