Mishima Yukio (1925-1970) was one of the most accomplished and celebrated authors to come out of postwar Japan. He has been compared to Ernest Hemingway and Marcel Proust. The subject matter of his books and the specifics of his life caused him to be the source of a great deal of controversy, both in Japan and throughout the world. He has been the subject of several works of literary criticism, at least one biography, and his life was the subject of a film by the filmmaker Paul Schraeder entitled Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. Mishima was the author of hundreds of plays, stories, essays and novels, but he was best known as the author of the "Sea of Fertility Tetralogy". Although he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for literature three times, the ideas behind both his writings and his life are greatly misunderstood in the west.
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