Lot 293 of 364:
"Father of Korean-American Literature"   

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3 publications by Younghill Kang

Kang, Younghill

Various places

Various publishers



A novel,  a fictionalized memoir, by the “father of Korean-American literature”, and a rare periodical appearance of an essay by Kang and his wife, some 20 years later, reprinted from a college journal in an  American-sponsored Tokyo publication


Born and educated in Korea, at 23, Kang fled his country as a political refugee, coming to the US via Canada, married an American woman, received a graduate degree from Harvard and wrote his first book at 33. He later worked as an art curator at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and as an Asian expert for the US Government.

  • Grass Roof. (NY, 1934) Later printing  of  the 1931 First Edition. Original cloth in Dust Jacket with decoration by Cyrus Baldridge. Signature of Kang pasted and taped to front flyleaf. Kang’s first book.
  • East Goes West, The Making of an Oriental Yankee (NY, 1937) First Edition, though Dust Jacket reads “Seventh Large Printing”. Original cloth in chipped Dust Jacket . Inscribed by Kang on flyleaf: “Frank [?] With deep regards and pleasant memories of other days. Very sincerely, Younghill Kang. May 27, 1938”
  • Kang and Francis Keeley, “The Flight of Dragon Cloud” in Oriental Digest, August 1954, Pp. 63-70

Lot Amendments

Dust jackets chipped; corner bumped on periodical.

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