Before the Dawn
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816pp. May 1987
Before the Dawn
Author: Shimazaki Toson; Translator: Naff, William E.;
Winner of the Japan-U.S. Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature

"Although Before the Dawn is the story of the author’s family and of the Meiji restoration, it is much more than that; the aftermath of the events that form its context have fundamentally altered the nature of the world we live in. Its author was
"No other book known to me captures the feel of the Meiji period even nearly so well." —Washington Post

"A vivid demonstration of the richness and ferment of Japan’s intellectual life." —The New Yorker

"In Toson’s earnest and ambitious

Author: Shimazaki Toson; Translator: Naff, William E.;
William E. Naff (1929–2005) was founding chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was professor of Japanese literature.



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