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Hyun Jin-geon

This is a Korean name; the family name is Hyun.

Hyun Jin-geon (born 1900) (Hangul: ) is a South Korean writer.

Early years

Hyun Jin-geon was born in Daegu, Korea, in 1900 (Two different birth dates are given in the literature, September 2[1], and August 9[2]). His education was international:He attended high school in Tokyo and studied German at Shanghai Hogang University in China.[3] In China, Hyun and fellow Korean writers Lee Sangwha and Baek Giman published a literary magazine named Geohwa.[4] His first work was published in 1920. In 1922, with Park Jonghwa, Hong Sayong, Park Yeonghui, and Na Dohyang, Hyun helped found the literary journal White Tide (Baekjo).[5] After six years in fiction he semi-changed careers and began a long career as journalist. In 1940 he returned to writing, serializing a novel about a Baekje general who fought against Tang invaders. This was deemed improper by Japanese censors and the work was never completed.[6] Hyun died on March 21, 1943.


Hyun devoted himself to creating realistic works. biginning with “A Lucky Day” (Unsu joeun nal), Hyun spurned the confessional mode of first-person narrative and instead wrote in the third person perspective in his attempt to portray life vividly and without subjectivity. Working in this manner he wrote some of his most popular works: Fire (Bul), Proctor B and Love Letter (B-sagamgwa leobeu leteo), and Hometown (Gohyang). In 1931, he published his final work of fiction, A Ham-Fisted Thief, and moved to writing long historical novels, including Equator (Jeokdo), The Shadowless Pagoda (Muyeong tap), and Heukchisangji.

Works in English

Fire in Flowers of Fire

Works in Korean

Korea’s Faces (1926)
The Corrupt (Tarakja)
Overnight Fog (Jisaeneun angae)
Faces of Joseon (Joseonui eolgol)
Selected Stories of Hyeon Jin-geon (Hyeon Jin-geon danpyeonseon)
Dangun Pilgrimage (Dangun seongjeok sullye)
The Shadowless Pagoda
(Muyeong tap)


  1. Flowers of Fire: Twentieth Century Korean Stories. p. 3
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  6. Flowers of Fire: Twentieth Century Korean Stories. p. 3