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SPIRITS OF ANOTHER SORT: The Plays of Izumi Kyoka, by M. Cody Poulton. Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001, 348 pp., b/w photos, xvi. $60.

Izumi Kyoka (1873-1938) was much admired by Tanizaki, with whom he shared an esteem for Edo culture, by Mishima, who cherished his elaborate style, and by Akutagawa, who much admired his handling of supernatural themes and had a volume of Kyoka’s open on his desk the day he committed suicide.

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