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Columbia University where Faubion Bowers studied.
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The Juilliard School. Faubion Bowers graduated from the Juilliard Graduate School of Music in 1939.
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(This book, with its many excellent photographs, is a perm...)
This book, with its many excellent photographs, is a permanent addition to the West's knowledge of the exotic, exciting theater of Japan and its tradition of great acting.
(This unique collection spans over 400 years (1488–1902) o...)
This unique collection spans over 400 years (1488–1902) of haiku history by the greatest masters: Bashō, Issa, Shiki, and many more, in translations by top-flight scholars in the field. Haiku commands enormous respect in Japan. Now readers of poetry in the West can savor these expressive masterpieces in this treasury compiled by noted writer Faubion Bowers, who provides a Foreword and many informative notes to the poems.
Faubion Bowers graduated from Columbia University in 1935 and the Juilliard Graduate School of Music in 1939.
Faubion Bowers worked at Hosei University in Tokyo from 1940 to 1941 as a lecturer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Japanese-language interpreter and aide to General MacArthur in Tokyo. During the U.S. occupation of Japan, he became a civilian censor of Japanese theater. After the war he taught at the New School for Social Research, and at Kansas University as Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies. He also served as music editor or reviewer for various periodicals.
Bowers became a respected authority on oriental art and culture, writing scholarly monographs on such subjects as Indian dance and Japanese theatre, as well as a definitive two-volume biography of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. His book, Japanese Theatre, was published in 1952 and is highly recommended by James Michener, in his book on Japanese ukiyo-e prints, The Floating World, as "one of the foremost works of scholarship dealing with Japanese culture to come out of the occupation." He also contributed numerous articles to Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review, and produced, wrote, and appeared in over thirty television programs covering international culture and travel.
Bowers is known as The Man Who Saved Kabuki in Japan. While on his way to Indonesia in 1940, he visited Tokyo's Kabuki-za where he watched the famous Kanadehon Chūshingura kabuki play, and was very moved by kabuki as an art form. Four years later he returned to Japan as General MacArthur's secretary during the American Occupation of Japan. At this time the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers thought kabuki should be banned for its portrayal of feudal values. Bowers was strongly against this. He promoted kabuki plays and instructed that a "Dream Team" cast of big kabuki stars should be assembled to perform "Kanadehon Chūshingura" in 1947. This performance and many others performed at the Tokyo Army College were a success, and the cast later performed the play in 1950 in East Coast venues across the US.
Faubion Bowers was married from 1951–1966 to Indian writer Santha Rama Rau. They had one son – Jai Peter Bowers.