Tag Archive | literature

On this day in 1947… (August 13)

This post is part of a continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs). On August 13, 1947, Yomiuri Shimbun submitted a serialized story, “Nozomi naki ni arazu/望みなきに非ず” by Ishikawa Tatsuzo/石川達三 (Prange Call No. 47-loc-0575), to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD). This portion was deleted on the Japanese galley proof:  「昔の強盗は生活苦でやつた。今の強盗は主義主張でやるらしい。」  On the CCD document, it […]

100th Anniversary of Natsume Soseki’s Death

Today, December 9, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of Natsume Soseki’s death. There are 74 books by and about Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) in the Prange Collection — three of which are children’s books about Soseki.  The children’s books have been digitized and are available in the Prange Digital Children’s Book Collection.  Full-text access to the […]

“Shiroto Engeki” from the Literature-General Section (PN)

Last year, the Prange Collection completed the scanning of 518 items in the Literature-General section (Call numbers in this section start with PN).  One interesting item from that section is “Shiroto Engeki” (=Amateur Play) by Oyama Isao (Tokyo: Maya Shobo, 1947). (Prange Call No. PN-0287)  It consists of two chapters: Chapter 1, “Theory of the […]

Kamishibai and doll play books in the Literature-General Section (PN)

The Prange Collection completed the scanning of 518 items in the Literature-General section (Call no. starts with PN-) last year.  Among them were six books related to Kamishibai and doll plays.  The targeted audience was teachers who were interested in utilizing Kamishibai and doll plays in their classrooms. One of the interesting items among them […]

Takarazuka Revue-related items

There are eight books in the Prange Collection related to the Takarazuka Revue/宝塚歌劇, all of which have been digitized.  The digital versions are available onsite in the Prange Collection.  Many of the books are uncatalogued, but a basic inventory is also available onsite. The Prange Collection also has several Takarazuka Revue-related magazines, such as Kageki […]


The University of Maryland Libraries join the UMD campus and the international community in commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Film screenings, competitions, performances, workshops, and exhibitions are taking place across campus as part of Shakespeare@UMD.  Special Collections & University Archives is exhibiting a second folio of the collected works of […]

Books in the Literature-General Section (PN) are digitized

We’re pleased to announce that the Prange Collection has scanned a total of 518 items in the Literature-General section.  These books are primarily about poetry, drama, movies, and plays and include materials related to Kabuki, Noh, Utai, Takarazuka Revue, Manga and Rakugo.  Below are some examples. The digital images of these books are currently only […]

Kabuki-related materials are digitized

A couple of weeks ago,  we posted the great news that 330 censored Kabuki scripts will be digitized by the Shochiku Otani Toshokan.  Though we have no Kabuki scripts in the Prange Collection (as far as we know), we’re happy to announce that we have recently digitized approximately 30 Kabuki-related books as a part of […]

“Tsuyuhara: Kashu”: a collection of tanka by Matsumura Eiichi

Tsuyuhara : kashu/露原:  歌集 (Prange Call No. PL-53404) is a collection of tanka by Matsumura Eiichi/松村英一 published in 1947 by Shin Kigensha.  This book is particularly interesting because as many as 34 tankas out of 777 were deleted by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD). According to Shin kenkyuu shiryo gendai Nihon bungaku, vol. 5/新研究資料現代日本文学第5巻, Matsumura’s work […]

Featured Publication: War and Censorship: Rereading Tatsuzo Ishikawa [Michiko Kawahara, Iwanami Shoten, 2015]

This book examines a law case in which the high profile novelist, Tatsuzo Ishikawa, is prosecuted for his serialized novel, Solders Alive/Ikite iru Heitai 生きている兵隊 (published in 1938), for violation of the Newspapers Law (Shinbunshi Hō 新聞紙法).  By exploring a number of case documents, newspaper reports, and Ishikawa’s personal notes, this book critically analyzes the […]