Yone Noguchi


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(1875–1947), Japanese-born poet, came to the U.S. as a young man and became associated with Les Jeunes of San Francisco and Joaquin Miller. Under their encouragement he wrote some odd, personal verse in seemingly uncertain English, Seen and Unseen; or, Monologues of a Homeless Snail (1897), which was praised by some for bohemian originality but was satirized by Norris in The Octopus and scorned by reviewers. From the Eastern Sea (1903) contains more conventional lyrics nostalgically recalling Japan from England, to which he moved. He returned home and was for a long time a professor at the University of Tokyo. Isamu Noguchi, the sculptor, is his son.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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