Ko Un

(2030 words)
  • Sonjae An (Sogang University )
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 10.2.3: Korean Writing and Culture.

Ko Un is surely Korea’s most prolific writer and he himself cannot say for sure how many books he has published in all. He guesses that it must be about 150, volumes of many different kinds of poetry, epic, narrative, and lyric, as well as novels, plays, essays, and translations from classical Chinese. This means that it is impossible to write in detail about his work. Fairly complete lists of his main publications as well as much other information can be found on his home page at http://www.koun.co.kr/

He was born August 1, 1933, and grew up in Gunsan, a town on the west coast of North Jeolla Province. Echoes of his childhood experiences in the Korea of the 1930s and 1940s can be found in …

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An, Sonjae. "Ko Un". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2010
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