Seichō Matsumoto, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Seichō Matsumoto

Japanese writer

Date of Birth: 21-Dec-1909

Place of Birth: Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 04-Aug-1992

Profession: writer, novelist

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Seichō Matsumoto

  • Seicho Matsumoto (?? ??, Matsumoto Seicho, December 21, 1909 – August 4, 1992) was a Japanese writer. Seicho's works created a new tradition of Japanese crime fiction.
  • Dispensing with formulaic plot devices such as puzzles, Seicho incorporated elements of human psychology and ordinary life.
  • In particular, his works often reflect a wider social context and postwar nihilism that expanded the scope and further darkened the atmosphere of the genre.
  • His exposé of corruption among police officials as well as criminals was a new addition to the field.
  • The subject of investigation was not just the crime but also the society in which the crime was committed.The self-educated Seicho did not see his first book in print until he was in his forties.
  • He was a prolific author, he wrote until his death in 1992, producing in four decades more than 450 works.
  • Seicho's mystery and detective fiction solidified his reputation as a writer at home and abroad.
  • He wrote historical novels and nonfiction in addition to mystery/detective fiction. He was awarded the Akutagawa Prize in 1952 and the Kikuchi Kan Prize in 1970, as well as the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1957.
  • He chaired the president of Mystery Writers of Japan from 1963 to 1971. Credited with popularizing the genre among readers in his country, Seicho became his nation's best-selling and highest earning author in the 1960s.
  • His most acclaimed detective novels, including Ten to sen (1958; Points and Lines, 1970); Suna no utsuwa (1961; Inspector Imanishi Investigates, 1989) and Kiri no hata (1961; Pro Bono, 2012), have been translated into a number of languages, including English. He collaborated with film director Yoshitaro Nomura on adaptations of eight of his novels to film, including Castle of Sand.

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