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Most popular Japanese woman author in 1920s America  

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4 books by Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto

Sugimoto, Etsu Inagaki

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Sugimoto became famous in 1925 for her autobiographic Daughter of the Samurai. 


  • Sugimoto and Nancy Virginia Austen. With Taro and Hana in  Japan (NY, 1926) 120 pp. Pictorial cloth. Illustrated by George W. Hood.
  • Daughter of the Samurai  (NY, 1927) Later printing with different illustrations from the First Edition published in 1925. (Six editions were published between 1926 and 1931). .An important association copy, inscribed by the author’s mentor and earlier co-author, Nancy Virginia Austen, to Stanford President David Starr Jordan, July 18, 1928.  
  • Daughter of the Narikin (NY, 1932) First Edition. Original cloth. Dust Jacket.
  • Daughter of the Nohfu (NY, 1935) Dust Jacket. Dust Jacket, end-papers and illustrations by Tekisui Ishii

Her 1926 children’s book was co-authored with Austen, the “fictional travelogue of two Japanese children, raised in the United States, on their visit to Japan”’, followed by the two novels of 1932 and 1935. All four were set in Japan and the author, while writing for American audiences, spent most of her later life in Japan. She first came to America in 1898 to marry a Japanese American merchant in Cincinnati and taught Japanese culture at Columbia after her husband’s death, but returned to Japan in 1927 and remained there through World War II. Her daughters were educated in the United States; one of them, Chiyono, became an author in her own right.

Nancy Virginia Austen, an accountant and free-lance writer whom Sugimoto thanked in her first book for her friendship and literary encouragement, was born in the US to British parents, married an Englishman in Yokohama, where she lived for 18 years, and returned to the US in time to become Sugimoto’s co-author.

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