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Sōseki Natsume (1868–1916) is widely considered the foremost novelist in modern Japanese history. After graduating from Tokyo Imperial University in 1893 and a brief stint as a teacher, Sōseki spent two years in London on a Japanese government scholarship. He returned to Tokyo to lecture English Literature. Numerous nervous disorders forced him to give up teaching in 1908, at which point he dedicated his life to writing full-time, producing fourteen novels as well as a raft of poetry, academic essays, autobiographical pieces and fairy tales.