Lee Kyun-young goes up on the Wikipedia

The KTLIT Wikipedia Project has put another author up. It is Lee Kyun-young. The page is here, and it looks something like this:

Lee Kyun-young

Lee Kyun-young
Born December 30, 1951(1951-12-30)
Died November 10, 1996(1996-11-10) (aged 44)
Occupation Novelist
Nationality South Korea
Period 1951-1996
Genres Modern Korean Fiction
Notable work(s) The Other Side of Dark Remembrance
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.

Lee Kyun-young (born 1951) (Hangul: 이) is a South Korean writer.

Life

Lee Kyun-young was born in 1951 in Jeollanam-do Province. He graduated from Hanyang University and later worked as a Professor of Korean History at Dongduk Women’s University.[1] Lee won the Yi Sang Literature Prize, awarded by the Dong-A Ilbo, in 1984.[2] His important works include a collection of stories titled The Faraway Light (1986) and the novel The Country of Lao-Tzu and Chuang-Tzu. Sadly, in 1996 Lee died in a car crash. In English, his most famous work is The Other Side of Dark Remembrance, which was originally published in 1979 as a shorer story titled Division.

From 1986 until his early death , Lee was an editor of Historical Criticism published by Research Institute for Historical Problems. Lee primarily focused on the Korean independence movement. His work on Singanhoe, an independence group, which culminated in Study of Singanhoe (Singanhoe yeongu, 1993), earned Lee the 8th Danjae Scholarsic Award. Study of Singanhoe is considered to be the first research text that provides an unbiased view of Singanhoe. In 1993, he published a full-length novel The Country of Laozi and Zhuangzi (Nojawa jangjaui nara). Another novel The Leaves Make Lights of Longing (Namunipdeureun grieun bulbiteul mandeunda), appeared in the 1997 Spring issue of World Literature, after Lee’s death. Other works include the children’s books, Scary Dance (Museo-un chum, 1986) and The Color of Winter Dream (Gyeoul kkumui saeksang, 1986) as well as a research work titled, Patriotic Enlightenment Movement During the Period of Daehanjeguk (Hanmal aeguk gyemong undong, 1991). [3]

Lee’s fiction has three distinctive aspects. First, his subjects and themes often focus on people who have been dispossessed and are wandering. Second the stories tend to have an autobiographical style – that is they are the life story of one man or a family. Finally, like many writers of the era, Lee’s stories have a profound awareness of the painful history of Korea.[4]

Work

Works in English

The Other Side of Dark Remembrance

Works in Korean (partial)

Academic

Study of Singanhoe (Singanhoe yeongu, 1993)
Patriotic Enlightenment Movement During the Period of Daehanjeguk (Hanmal aeguk gyemong undong, 1991)]

Novels

The Country of Laozi and Zhuangzi (Nojawa jangjaui nara)
The Leaves Make Lights of Longing (Namunipdeureun grieun bulbiteul mandeunda)

Children’s books, Scary Dance (Museo-un chum, 1986)

The Color of Winter Dream (Gyeoul kkumui saeksang, 1986)

Short story collections

The Faraway Light (1986)

References

  1. ^ The Other Side of Dark Remembrance, Jimoondang Publishing, 2001, p. 104
  2. ^ Anthology of Korean Literature Volume 3. Dongsuhmunhaksa, Inc.p. 304(
  3. ^ KLTI Author Application:
  4. ^ Anthology of Korean Literature Volume 3. Dongsuhmunhaksa, Inc.p. 304-5(

External links

Review of The Other Side of Dark Remembrance at KTLIT.

2 thoughts on “Lee Kyun-young goes up on the Wikipedia

  1. So why is there a banner notation on Wiki that the page cites “NO” references, when it clearly lists FOUR?

    Is there some minimal scholarly number before “NO” becomes “enough”? Just asking.

    1) I am impressed by your continued dedication to this project, and I think it’s high time that some Korean munhak group or government agency provides assistance for this excellent endeavor! Surely they can see the benefits!?!

    2) Dark Remembrance is one of the best things I’ve read from the Portable series. (I am missing two or three, but they’ve been pulled from Kyobo and B&L, alas!) The way the true nature of this guy’s past life sneaks up on HIM as well as the reader is a tour de force. This is why I always make sure my satchel stays by my side!

  2. LOL.. I think that “no reference” tag was a mistake, since it was also the tag used for live authors and Lee is quite dead.

    As to your point 1? You’d think someone would care about this, since social media are the easy (if tedious) way to get the word out. But, whenever I propose some sort of project, everyone just kind of slips out the back door.

    And #2? Yeah, it’s one of my favorite stories also.. it just sucks you in with that tragically hungover beginning and then you’re away…

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