Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Chikamatsu Monzaemon

Japanese playwright

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1653

Place of Birth: Echizen Province, Japan

Date of Death: 06-Jan-1725

Profession: writer, playwright

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Chikamatsu Monzaemon

  • Chikamatsu Monzaemon (?? ????, real name Sugimori Nobumori, ?? ??, 1653 – 6 January 1725) was a Japanese dramatist of joruri, the form of puppet theater that later came to be known as bunraku, and the live-actor drama, kabuki.
  • The Encyclopædia Britannica has written that he is "widely regarded as the greatest Japanese dramatist".
  • His most famous plays deal with double-suicides of honor bound lovers.
  • Of his puppet plays, around 70 are jidaimono (historical romances) and 24 are sewamono (domestic tragedies).
  • The domestic plays are today considered the core of his artistic achievement, particularly works such as The Courier for Hell (1711) and The Love Suicides at Amijima (1721).
  • His histories are viewed less positively, though The Battles of Coxinga (1715) remains praised.

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