Glass Slipper and Other Stories

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$22.95  $21.11
Dalkey Archive Press
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5.96 X 9.28 X 0.64 inches | 1.21 pounds
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About the Author

Shotaro Yasuoka was born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, in 1920. The son of a veterinary corps-man in the Imperial Army, his early life involved frequent moves from one military post to the next. After the war, Yasuoka came down with spinal caries, and, with no chance for treatment without money, took on a series of odd jobs. It was while he was bedridden with this disease that he began his writing career. A leading figure in postwar Japanese literature, in 2001 Yasuoka received the Cultural Merit Award for his lifetime of literary activities.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1757 to Royall Tyler and Mary (Steele) Tyler, Tyler attended the Boston Latin School, Yale and then Harvard, where he earned a reputation as a quick-witted joker. After graduation, he briefly served in the Massachusetts militia under John Hancock during the abortive Rhode Island expedition. In late 1778, he returned to Harvard to study law, and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1780. He opened a practice in Braintree, Massachusetts, eight miles outside of Boston. After a brief stint in suppressing the 1787 Shays's Rebellion, Tyler moved to Boston and boarded in the house of Elizabeth Palmer. After unsuccessfully courting Abigail Adams for many years, in 1794, he wed the Palmers's daughter, Mary Palmer, took her to his new home in Vermont, and with her had eleven children. In 1801, Tyler was appointed to the Supreme Court of Vermont as an assistant judge, and was later elected chief justice. In 1812 he ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate. In 1826, he died in Vermont, of facial cancer that he had suffered from for ten years.


"I soon became caught up in Etsuko's fantasy play. I enjoyed it. Going along with her stories made me feel as though I had taken possession of her. At her suggestion we played hide-and-seek. For all practical purposes, the house and everything in it belonged to us. There were hiding places everywhere--under the bed, behind the curtains, in the chest of drawers, in the dressing room with all its mirrors. I went upstairs and hid in a battlefield water bag that hung, unused, in the closet at the end of the hall. This was my bright idea. It wibble-wobbled around a lot while I was trying to climb into it, but it was quite comfortable once I got all the way in. I made a hole in the seam and peered through while Etsuko went up and down the hall any number of times without ever noticing me. In her wanderings she opened the bedroom door, then the dressing room door, then rushed with a shout into the bathroom, only to end up going back downstairs, calling my name and disappearing somewhere into the distance."
The writing style and translation is so smooth and comfortable, English readers will forget the book was originally written in Japanese. These same readers can also expect to learn more about behind-the-scenes WWII Japan than any of their U.S. school history books ever put forth; and I guarantee it's a lot more fun than sitting in Mr. Johnson's World History class!